Think of business like a soccer game

We tend to look at a large organization as just that, a large organization. Large is difficult to manage, difficult to evaluate and difficult to improve. It’s much easier to manage and evaluate a smaller organization.

A full sided soccer game is 11 versus 11 yet coaches and players are constantly trying to create small number advantages. Rather than always looking big picture, they look to create a 2 versus 1 advantage or a 3 versus 2 advantage somewhere on the field. It’s a way of recognizing that not every player is directly involved in every situation, at all times.

In business, we need to think of organizations in smaller groups. Looking at a hotel as an example there are many different areas to manage. Trying to manage the front desk clerks, the housekeeping staff, the kitchen staff, the maintenance group etc could get very difficult. On the other hand, managing a small group of people who each manage one of these departments is much easier. Then those people manage the small group of people within their department.

Even if you are a one person business, you can break your business down into smaller areas. A realtor working by themselves might break the area they work in down even further and realize that each smaller market might require very different marketing or approaches.

While it’s important to look at the big picture to make sure you are going in the right direction, there is also a need to look at the smaller units to truly understand your business

Have a great day!

Lawrence

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