“Operations” are often wrongly viewed as the unglamorous part of a business – not strategic, not lucrative, no real intellect required, and, let’s be honest, a bit….grubby. This view is not just totally wrong but ignores the fact that companies that successfully build lean processes will be more successful, more valuable and much, much more profitable.
Setting up and then growing a business can feel like a white knuckle ride - full of expectation and adrenaline, with the highs and lows that punctuate every turn. The experience can be exhilarating, emotional and transformational. One of the reasons it feels this way for those involved is because, consciously or subconsciously, they are riding one of nature's oldest predictive models - the S Curve.
Since the Brexit announcement, South West Growth Service is experiencing an increase in the number of enquiries from business owners seeking confidential discussions about how their exit might look like for them and their business. Accordingly, it has developed a 3 phase approach to help them get their business ready - a PreExit approach.
Taking time away from the business can feel like playing truant but is essential for recharging batteries and stimulating new thinking. Katharine Bourke of South West Growth Service explores the benefits of time-off to improve productivity, innovation and better decision making.