A thriving businesses are based on people, ideas, communication, and vision to consistently bring desirable results.
Success is easily achievable if you combine clear objectives with hard work, but these are not the only requirements. You need to have a leadership team who know how to drive their team to get the best outcome each and every day.
But does it always happen? What if the management team doesn’t drive performance? Or even worse they are the main cause of dysfunction?
There might not be a faster killer for an amazing idea or business than a dysfunctional approaches.
But how to identify them? If you find them at their early stage then you may be able to improve the situation, but if you ignore them or even worse never look at them as a dysfunction there may be no turning back.
How to know if your business is dysfunctional? Here are 4 typical red flags to look for at the part 1 of this article.
– No Leadership
It all starts at the top and permeates downward throughout a business organization. If leadership at the top is strong, then every layer on the organizational chart below the top will recognize the importance of strong leadership and imitate positive traits. On the other hand, if leadership at the top is weak or in some cases non-existent, then lower management will also imitate those traits contributing to organizational inefficiency. Employees recognize leadership weakness and signs of organizational disinterest. When this is present, each subsequent level of management equally displays the same signs of indifference.
– No Training
Interview, hire, and good luck is the mantra for many dysfunctional businesses. Once an employee is hired and placed into a specific job, there is little or virtually no training or mentoring. The employee is left to solo, lean on others, and hope for the best. Sometimes the job is learned correctly while at other times, it is learned incorrectly.
Unfortunately, no one cares…until the job is in shambles and the employee is subsequently fired. Needless to say, this is not a good situation for either.
– No Communication
Again, it all starts at the top. When the top doesn’t communicate properly with the next level down, little important information gets filtered to the bottom. Employees are left to guess and speculate about the business, its future, and their future while creating an atmosphere that is ripe for gossip and disenchantment.
– No Teamwork
When no teamwork exists, employees care only about themselves. They’re not interested in helping co-workers and do not expect to get help in return. The phrase, “It’s not my job,” is heard often.
New employees are left at the mercy of senior employees to share what they want to and when. One for all and all for one is definitely not a guiding principle for a dysfunctional business.
Be careful; If you see any of these signs in your business you need to take immediate action. All the signs Dysfunction in a business can negate many positive things a business might be doing. Profit and success will eventually start to erode. It is easier to take corrective action at the earliest signs of dysfunction rather than waiting to remedy deficiencies that lead to total operational inefficiencies. A dynamic environment free from dysfunctional issues allows great things to happen in a business.
Success is much difficult or we can say impossible dealing with a dysfunctional business especially when many of the issues stem from the owner/s or top management.
At ZAD Consulting Group we will review your Business Health and as with any operational issue, we tackle one problem at a time. We will clearly show you how changing one particular issue can improve operations and, ultimately, profits and profitability.
Author : Arash Zad
Source : AASBC SEMP Approach