I have had the pleasure of working both in organizations that have well established
systems and startups where I have gotten to participate in the building of the systems. Some may have the impression that startups ensue systems and that part of the reason they are able to disrupt the industries is because they are not beholden to rigid systems. Let me share my experiences with you and the hypothesizes I have developed due to those experiences.
- Systems are helpful and essential in any size organization
- Systems can be stifling if there is not a process to update or change them when they are not working for the betterment of organization
- Systems can free up organizations to explore creatively
Systems are helpful and essential in any size organization. In a large and small organizations, you need systems to help run the place. Systems for finance, manufacturing if making a product, and how your organization is going to achieve growth. First off so many startups have failed because they failed to pay attention to their finances. Having a robust system around your finances should not inhibit scaling or creativity but it will let you weigh your choices based upon your runway. The reasons for having a finance system in a large company are obvious however the system that is implemented needs to be flexible enough that your business stays solvent but that you don’t hold the purse strings so tight that you retard growth.
Systems can be stifling if there is not a process to update or change them when they are not working for the betterment of organization. Systems are meant to improve the efficiency and effective use of your time and resources. If they are so ridged that they are costing your organization time and resources the system is either not implemented correctly or the wrong system for your company. If your employees are having to work outside of the system or are making exceptions to the system often because to work within the system is too onerous then it is too ridged and is costing you time and resources.
Systems can free up organizations to explore creatively. If your organization has implemented systems correctly then you should see more time and resources freed up for other uses. If your organization is then operating more efficiently and effectively with the same amount of resource you suddenly have more resources to put towards creative endeavors that could propel your company to the next stage of growth. If this is a possibility why wouldn’t you either examine your existing systems to improve them or implement some?
Comment below and tell me if your experiences have proven out different theories.