Blood letting was once a legitimate medical practice (the 18th century practice of draining ‘bad blood’ for medicinal purposes) and so was burning witches. Over the years, society has grown with new realisations and technologies. Some people have embraced the new while others fear it. Businesses are no different. One of the worst things you can say is “why change it if it works?”. 

 

Change needs to be part of your organisational culture. Sure you will always have those that are resistant and like the way they are used to, but eventually their skills stagnate or become redundant. Kodak used to employ water colour painters to paint hints of colour in black and white photographs, my grandmother was one of them. After colour film was invented she was made redundant and all of those jobs were gone. Then when the digital camera was invented (by a Kodak engineer) the directors decided there was too much money in selling film, Kodak lost millions on that decision. 

Stay relevant, never accept “the way things are done around here” for too long without at least investigating one or two possible alternatives. There is a plethora of software out there that can automate your processes and get it done faster or you could outsource and get it done cheaper. Whatever you plan to do, systemisation is the key. 

With business becoming more and more complex it is harder and harder to go by feel; and, to do that you need to be present all the time. ‘Work smarter not harder’ could never be more true. Cloud computing makes it possible to save 9 weeks per year. Making it possible to work from anywhere and on any device. On the bus, in the waiting room, in a line. Get your emails done and focus on what matters. 

With the transition to paperless happening at a faster rate than ever before, it has never been more important to ensure that one is not left behind. At Relevate we can help you make sure that you don’t get left behind. 

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