April 23, 2013
Congratulations! You’ve invested in new CNC machine technologies, added robotic automation and made sure your workforce has the training and technical support they require. Productivity is at an all-time high, yet the bottom line is still not where you thought it should be. Why is that? One possible answer may be closer than you think. As cartoon character Pogo Possum said: “We have met the enemy…and he is us.”
I know. Nobody works harder in your business than you. It seems as though the boss’s job is never done. You always work more than 40-hours a week and seldom take a vacation. The problem is you get buried in minutia and caught up in “getting stuff done,” while losing sight of the big picture. Could this be you? Do you see yourself in any of the following scenarios?
If any of this sounds familiar, take heart: You’re only human. However each of these illustrate enormous time wasters that can keep you in the shop each day well past quitting time. The good news is that you can do something about them:
Clearly these simple steps are only possible if you are willing to trust and delegate responsibility to your employees. This is hard for many of us, especially the micro-managers. However those with the self-discipline to do so will find they are more productive and happier in all aspects of their lives.