Doing More On Less

August 14, 2009

I know the press states that things are beginning to look up, and I certainly hope that is true!

Both my much better half and I have seen major slowdowns with this economy, although we both consider ourselves lucky to be employed.That being said, all is not rosy yet, and the popular press can still be saturated with advice on doing more with less.

How About Something Different?

Instead of trying to do more with less by spreading 10 dollars around 10 different initiatives.

How about doing more on less, by spreading that 10 dollars around three or five different initiatives?

Do you have a laundry list of IT Gotta Do’s?

Prune the list, move them all to the back burner.

Vampire projects sucking resources? kill them too.

Trying to boil the ocean? Nope – kill those too.

The SMB Takeaway

Chris Zook, in his excellent book Unstoppable,  writes that sometimes you have to shrink to grow.

Re-prioritize, re-evaluate. Kill what does not fit the current reality.

And use the dollars saved to double up on an initiative that means something more.

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2 Responses to “Doing More On Less”

  1. elliotross Says:

    Thanks for the comment (and see my apology on the previous!)

    That is a good line, because it can be worked at from all levels and processes.

    It provides the specific /measurable etc etc standards that can point to desired behaviour.

    It also goes strategically too – Even at the SME I work with, I am critically looking at what our core competencies are (post shortly on the planning horizon)

    If it is not what we are getting paid to do – maybe it is something that we “shouldn’t be doing’

    Best Regards!

  2. John B Says:

    One of the first things I did when I took over the Key Account Management division of a major European IT services provider was to get the people to complete 2 lists:

    What are we doing that we shouldn’t be doing?
    What aren’t we doing that we should be doing?

    First rips people out a comfortable rut and gets them to refocus on value-added tasks.


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