Focus Question: What systems will help you scale and streamline?
Systems help us scale things. They are what helps us magnify our presence, even if we are a small company. Systems may link into automation to reduce the time spent on tasks that are not a “value add”.
In the remote space, systems also ensure consistency. This is critical if we are one of many people in a program. If I am offering something here in Toronto in a certain way, or with a certain promise, things are done the same way via my colleagues in another location.
In order to ensure systems don’t just become a “thing” we will want to ensure that we are also having a discussion around the values that underpin a system. So, for example, if we have a value of being “high touch” our systems for client onboarding may also reflect that. There may be personalization and a human touch behind that part of the work. What might be automated instead are some of the financial pieces of the work.
In the remote space there may be several systems we are leaning into every day. These could include:
Learning Systems – How are we providing learning beyond the human touch? Are we leveraging the best of current practice by incorporating Zoom calls which do get recorded if people can’t make them? Are we creating a Learning Management System where people can go to access information and on-demand learning modules?
Popular learning systems include Teachable, Kajabi, Thinkific to name a few. Corporations will have their own learning management systems.
Project Management Systems – Projects are at the heart of most small businesses. From courses we want to create to marketing initiatives, there are many different ways we can focus on scaling.
Popular project management systems include Trello, Asana, Monday.com.
Communication is at the heart of any remote team or business. What are you doing to ensure that you are leveraging all the communication elements you want? This may include: Chat based systems; video-based meeting platforms like Zoom; or voice related apps like WhatsApp and Voxerr (where you can leave a voice message), or LOOM (where you can leave a video message).
What are the systems you want to leverage so you can accelerate your work and take it to the next level?
Think about these four areas of work – learning, project management, financial and communication. What new additions could you add to help amplify your efforts?
For more on this topic check out:
Section 3 of PlanDoTrack
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This week’s blog post brings us to getting organized. What are the things you want to put in place in order to get moving in the way you want?
As a remote worker there may be need for getting organized and using systems in several areas. Consider:
What do you know about your own preferences for how you like to work and see things?
Need to Know
To explore this topic further check out:
Section 3 of PlanDoTrack and the early part of this section around systems.
If you are a coach, check out this recent Coaching Business Builder blog posts on systems.
Check out this post from FlexJobs on how to organize your day when working from home - https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/how-to-structure-your-day-when-working-from-home/.
If you are a professional who works remotely, check out these blog posts related to Systems. Whether you are a leader, remotepreneur, or team member, you'll find them applicable.
Check out the most recent Remote Pathways Podcast Episodes which covers the topic of Vision and Creating SMART-E Goals. You can listen to Episode 4 here (vision), as well as Episode 5 - SMART-E Goals or on your favorite podcast player.
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