Business systems, McDonalds, Process, Productivity, scaling up, systemisation

Why Your Business Should Strive to be Like McDonalds

Whatever you think of the food, there’s one thing that must be said in favour of McDonalds – their business systems are second to none. The Big Mac of business systems It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, […]

Christmas, Holidays

Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

The holiday season is supposed to be a time when you can kick back, relax and be merry. However, if you are a business owner, you may scoff and think – ‘yeah right’. The holiday season is often a stressful […]

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Business Owners – It’s Time to Take Stock

Business Owners, is it Time to Take Stock? As we draw to the end of the year, it is only natural to reflect on the past 12 months – not only in our personal lives, but at work too. As […]

Business systems, Micromanagement

The Dangers of Micromanagement

Micromanagement is bad for business. Self-confessed micromanagers may beg to differ. After all, their primary goal is to ensure perfection across the board, which can only be a good thing. Right? Wrong. There are many problems with micromanagement, and if […]

Business process Management, Business systems, Productivity, Team engagement

5 Ways to Get Your Team on Board with Systemisation

While you might be excited about systemising your business (and with good reason!), your staff may not share your enthusiasm. If you think about it, you can understand their position. First of all, they may fear for their very jobs. […]

Business systems

The ‘KISS’ Principle.

Keep it Simple, Stupid So many businesses have unnecessarily complicated systems, and often both business owners and their employees assume that is just the way it has to be. Businesses are complex, right? To these people, we would say: Keep […]

workflow

How the T-Card System can Help your Business.

  At i-systemise we are great advocates of workflow tools, but most are lacking one key ingredient – visibility. This is because workflow tools are typically computer-based, meaning all your data is stuck within the technology itself. Unless you use […]

Meetings, Priorities, Productivity

Why Daily ‘Around the Board’ Meetings Help your Business.

How often should you be having meetings? We are frequently asked this question, and while one size doesn’t fit all, we strongly recommend that you have a 15-minute meeting every day. Yes, every day! It need not be the entire […]

How the England Football Team Owned the Process
Business process Management, scaling up, systemisation, workflow

How the England Football Team ‘Owned the Process’

  In the post-match interview after England’s historic penalty shootout victory against Columbia in the World Cup, Gareth Southgate and Jordan Pickford both spoke about “owning the process ”. But what exactly does this mean? And why was it the […]

automate, Case Studies, KPIs

Law Firm Increases Lead Conversion and Wins More Business

CASE STUDY – After we created a bespoke workflow database for a professional legal services company, they were able to convert more enquiries into clients. Customer We helped a law firm which offers a full range of legal services, including […]

Case Studies, Process, Productivity

Client Sign-Off Process Improves from 3 Months to 1 Week

CASE STUDY – A simple questionnaire was all it took for an HR company to significantly improve their productivity. Customer We carried out a Productivity Health Check for an HR company which was responsible for onboarding new employees on behalf of […]

automate, Business process Management, Business systems, scaling up, systemisation, systemise

How to Systemise Your Business in 3 Steps

  Being an entrepreneur and running your own business can be hard work. Really hard work. It can also stressful, exhausting and sometimes even incredibly rewarding. Our proven 3-step process will help you grow your business, boost your profitability and […]

The top ten small business apps to use
apps, automate, Productivity, systemisation, systemise, workflow

The top ten small business apps to use

  The average small business owner will log into about five different business systems every day, for managing their regular tasks. How many do you use? In this blog post I will share some of my favourite small business apps […]

66% Growth Thanks to the power of business systemisation
automate, Case Studies, Productivity, scaling up, systemisation, systemise, workflow

66% Growth Thanks to the power of business systemisation

CASE STUDY:  How one property manager discovered the ultimate growth formula. Customer Wendy Clarke owns and runs The Rent Guarantee Company in Harlow. They work with letting agents, landlords and councils, offering a wide range of fully managed and self-contained […]

What functionality your workflow tool needs
apps, automate, Productivity, scaling up, systemisation, workflow

What functionality your workflow tool needs

  In a recent blog post, I talked about how many business owners discover that they only use 20% of their software and tools to do 80% of the work. But why is it that we end up with tools […]

my business has outgrown the spreadsheets!
apps, automate, Business process Management, Productivity, scaling up, systemisation, systemise, workflow

Help – My business has outgrown the spreadsheets!

  I often meet proud business owners who have built their businesses on a shoestring. They started small, and then grew gradually into a more stable, established presence in their market. But as much as I love hearing stories of […]

Productive
apps, automate, Business process Management, Productivity, systemisation, workflow

The dangers of using off-the-shelf tools

The dangers of using off-the-shelf tools We all want to become more productive. And for many of us, this means adopting off-the-shelf tools to help us work smarter and faster. This could be software, workflow applications, collaboration systems and databases. […]

The five traits of a productive business
Business process Management, KPIs, Productivity, systemisation, workflow

The five traits of a productive business

  “How busy are you?” This is a question you probably get asked from time to time. People ask this to gauge whether business is good, if there’s time for a chat, or what your stress levels are like. Most of us tend to do a quick check-in […]

Business process Management, KPIs, Productivity, scaling up, systemisation, workflow

Common pitfalls of recruiting your first employee

    As a small business owner, you may get to the point where you are fed up with doing everything yourself. You feel overwhelmed. There’s just too much to do! You decide to find someone who can shoulder some of the workload, but that’s typically when you discover how challenging […]

scaling up your business
Business process Management, KPIs, Productivity, scaling up, systemisation

The secret to scaling up your business

  William S. Burroughs once wrote “When you stop growing you start dying.” Although this may sound a bit harsh, it is often true in life as well as in business. An organisation that isn’t actively working towards growth will […]

5 reasons why you need systemisation
Business process Management, Productivity, scaling up, systemisation, workflow

5 reasons why you need systemisation

5 reasons why you need systemisation When was the last time you experienced business déjà vu? Most of us have tasks in our daily operations that we return to again and again – each time thinking “there must be a […]

What are the best apps for systemising my business
apps, automate, Productivity, scaling up, workflow

What are the best apps for systemising my business?

  One question I often get from business owners is “What’s the best app for systemising my business?” The question itself is very frustrating to hear, because it’s typically rooted in a basic misunderstanding around what systemisation really is. If […]

Productivity, scaling up, systemisation

‘Tis the season to systemise

Tis the season to systemise your business and create those efficiencies If we look around us in nature, the world is constantly shifting. It’s obvious how the seasons change, as summer fades into a chilly, rainy autumn. But what about […]

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