Making The Cut

By Scott and Jennifer Fontana

Making The Cut

Making the Cut: Productivity

Entrepreneur Magazine recently did a short article on three entrepreneurs’ top productivity “secrets.” The entrepreneurs offered up advice that included delegating the small tasks, dividing hours, and creating daily action plans.

We look at productivity quite differently. For one, our productivity tips are no secret; they are shared and communicated with our team. Which leads us to the second differentiator: productivity is a team effort in our salon. We are only as strong as our weakest link. To ensure our salon is performing at the top of its game, we recognize that the team has to be working in sync in a productive and positive way.

To that end, we’d like to offer – loud and proud – our top three tips on productivity:

Vision. To be productive, our team has to know where we’re headed. With no clear vision, team members don’t know what they can and should be producing. Creating and sharing our vision for the salon – that is, where we are going and what we want to achieve – is the first step in establishing a productive business environment.

Goals. How do we know what and how to ‘produce’ if we don’t have goals? We set goals with our team members to ensure we’re consistently achieving them. We can’t be productive and growing and improving if no one understands the vision and what it will take to get there. Set goals with your team and clearly define expectations and watch your productivity – and business – soar.

Adoption. Last but not least is getting your team to buy in, or adopt, your vision and goals. Your team members have to believe in your direction just as much as you do to establish a productive business environment. One of the best ways to garner their buy-in? Ask. Collaborate. Get your team involved in helping to set the vision and goals. Then they’ll feel some ownership in the achievements of those goals and the growth of your business.

Now, we’re not saying that delegating the small tasks, dividing hours and creating daily action plans don’t play a role in productivity, but we think productivity starts a little deeper and with the whole team involved. Without your team, you really don’t have much of a business. For you start-ups out there, even if your team is comprised of family and friends, you have to share your vision and goals and get the support and buy-in of those individuals in order to keep you on track and producing results. If you make your vision and goals known and get buy-in from key people, you’ll find that they will be the difference between a thriving business and one that’s just teetering along hoping to make ends meet.

Need help laying out your vision? Check out our blog all about vision here: http://blogs.ocmetro.com/making-the-cut-vision/


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