Business Systemization

by Josh Fonger Bottlenecking, or preventing a company from growing into the success it could be, is a common pitfall among business owners. When coaching a recent client I asked, “What three roadblocks will I encounter when implementing documented systems into your business?” the three answers I got back were humbly honest and signified a […]

Bend Event

September 22, 2015

 Two Day Weekend Boot Camp Bend, Oregon (Next Boot Camp Dates TBD) It’s been five years since we’ve done an intimate boot-camp style gathering at the Work the System/Centratel offices here in Bend, Oregon and it’s about time we did it again! It’s time to open up the doors and show business owners and managers what the WTS Method really […]

Here’s a rough, not-yet-edited Chapter from my new book, The Systems Mindset: Managing the Machinery of Your Life, to be published in January. -sc Texting isn’t Enough: Ten Communication Tweaks Let’s consider an exception to the Ockham’s Law theory that the simplest solution is usually the correct solution. More and more, in business and personal relationships, general communication […]

Last week, Josh and I released a brand new podcast entitled “Systemization: The Four Mistakes You do NOT Want to Make.”  Go here to listen. You’ll be able to download it too, and it’s on iTunes… (Adapted from the book, Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less.) Could it be […]

Note!  Next week we are releasing a brand new podcast entitled “Break on Through: Quickly moving your business from Chaos to Control.” Go to the home page of the website on Tuesday June 2nd, any time after 12 Noon EST. You won’t want to miss this one… Four Key Considerations for Creating Working Procedures What is […]

I am not one to challenge the status quo just because it’s the status quo. I’m not a drone, either. But most times I find the status quo is correct as-is, and I attribute this to simple cause-and-effect: Whatever a particular accepted status quo happens to be, it’s probably that way because that’s what has worked […]

  System Improvement All Day Long What about the leader of a typical large, successful company? Most times, these people are not innately special. Beyond their willingness to work hard and an adequate degree of intelligence, their advantage is that they naturally operate from a systems perspective—while the huge majority of people do not. These […]

A business writer can get all wrapped up in analogy and metaphor and I try to avoid going down that road too far, but the dog-and-tail comparison is too vivid not to exploit.  In this post I build around the premise that the most important leadership tasks are to establish clear direction for the organization and then to convince […]

This is post number eight (of ten total in this “Obsess” series), and we’re starting to come ’round full-circle, tying things together. The overall message is simple and there’s no reason to do endless reiteration but, in “getting it,” there’s good reason to examine the foundational points from different angles. Point of Sale (POS) obsesses me to the point […]

“Thinking slow, Moving Fast” suggests that we should slow down enough to be able to think ahead; to find the time to evaluate and then do proper foundation building. Do that, and the ROI on that “slow time” will be enormous. A key premise of the Work the System Method is to fix the mechanical problems first. Once we accomplish that, and almost […]