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What Every Business Owner Needs to Know About Organizational Discipline

Every business owner has a big dream for their company and wants to make it happen. However, as the company grows and becomes more complex, business owners become unsure whether they’re hiring the right people and putting them in the right seats. Often technology or automation is introduced, which reduces headcount. There’s a need to add systems and structure to the business that may be unpopular to employees. It shouldn’t be so hard to run a company that continues to ensure that employee and client needs are met.   

I worked with a professional services firm that had an outdated strategy of “the business comes to us” and “we’ve always done it this way”. It took a forward-thinking CEO to come in and create an innovative culture of collaboration. This collaborative approach was built on the premises of talent development, business development, and talent management. Prioritizing their people to find new ways of doing business inside and outside the organization has gone a long way to retaining top talent, recruiting talent into the organization, and increasing top line revenue continuously with more new clients and more work from existing clients out of that collaboration. This CEO has brought discipline and innovation to this organization.   

Organizational discipline is important for several reasons. First, it helps to ensure that your business is running efficiently. When everyone is on the same page and working towards the same goals, things get done more quickly and smoothly. Second, organizational discipline can help to improve your bottom line. By focusing on efficiency and accountability, you can save money and improve your profitability. Third, organizational discipline can boost employee morale. When employees know that they are working in a disciplined environment, they are more likely to feel confident and motivated. Therefore, in addition to getting the right people and getting them in the right seats, we should be looking for talent that is not only self-motivated, but also self-disciplined. 

There are several things you can do to create a more disciplined organization. Here are a few tips: 

  • Set clear goals and objectives. Make sure everyone in your organization knows what you are trying to achieve. 
  • Develop a plan to achieve your goals. Break down your goals into smaller, more manageable tasks. 
  • Communicate your plan to your employees. Make sure everyone knows what they need to do to contribute to the success of the organization.
  • Hold people accountable. Make sure everyone is meeting their deadlines and achieving their goals. 
  • Reward success. Recognize and reward employees who are making a positive contribution to the organization. 

Creating a culture of innovation and discipline takes time and effort. But it’s an investment that is worth making. By following these tips, you can create an organization that is both creative and efficient, and that is poised for success. 

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