Yesterday I was talking to an entrepreneur about different leadership methodologies and he looked at me and said, “you’re a systems guy.” Hmm, I thought about it for a second. Yes, I’m a systems guy. Then it just came out of me, “I love systems because I don’t have to think.” Of course, there’s a ton of research and thinking to come up with the system. But, once it’s in place, I know that it’s helping get things done and I don’t have to worry about it.
Over time the systems have to be tweaked and enhanced, but just the fact that the system is in operation and working means that it’s better than before. Now, I’m not advocating for bureaucracy. What I am advocating is making sure that things run in a sustainable, repeatable manner thereby delivering the desired outcomes.
Some systems that I like:
My advice: pick a system and run with it. Don’t wait for the “perfect” system when there are plenty of good ones already out there.
What else? What are some more thoughts on being a systems person?