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Standardizing operations, compliance, and training.

The Streamlined Business Blog

Standardizing operations, compliance, and training.

 

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Business Systems


CFPB Changes for the Mortgage Industry Driving Strong Interest in Zavanta

Interest in Zavanta Policy and Procedure Software continues to increase as more aspects of the CFPB’s (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) come online. Established in 2010, with a mandate to regulate and enforce consumer financial protection laws this year will bring changes for the mortgage industry starting in August 2015. read more... about CFPB Changes for the Mortgage Industry Driving Strong Interest in Zavanta

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Operational Issues? Try Transparency. Got Something to Sell? Make It Easy

“Identify and share the “5 W’s” of company decisions. When business decisions are made — whether big or small — fill employees in on the details. If information is consistently withheld, it is difficult for employees to understand the strategy and trajectory of the company and their role within it. read more... about Operational Issues? Try Transparency. Got Something to Sell? Make It Easy

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

A Spatial Approach to Streamlining Operations

“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” – Winston Churchill Creating Productive and Supportive Office Space At COMPROSE, we are all about streamlining operations to get the best possible performance. Often that involves crafting clear SOPs and policies with Zavanta software . But there are other factors including how you structure your office. read more... about A Spatial Approach to Streamlining Operations

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Strategic Thinking Or Strategic Action?

A recent INC Magazine article highlights misconceptions about strategic thinking. Will Yakowicz points out the paradox suggesting that rather than being about thinking it is really about action. It is the act of filtering through all the possible priorities , understanding which will most be in line with your company’s mission, and then taking action based on that analysis. read more... about Strategic Thinking Or Strategic Action?

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Best Practice vs Better Practice – Testing and Refining SOPs

There are layers of gems in this recent Forbes article, which focuses on how to affect change in a “slow-to-change” arena such as government. The article by Eliza Berman was originally published in the Daily Muse . We love this view of best practice vs. better practice. “…the idea that something is the best implies that it can’t be topped. read more... about Best Practice vs Better Practice – Testing and Refining SOPs

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Trying to Grow…the Role of Business Operations

“Growth is a competency that must be baked into the DNA of the company.” – Sean Ellis, Entrepreneur Magazine Preparing and supporting growth in business operations is one common reason companies implement ZavantaSOP software , and that topic regularly comes up in implementation coaching. read more... about Trying to Grow…the Role of Business Operations

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Are you throwing money away writing policies and procedures no one uses? (Part 2)

How can you tell if your company’s policies and procedures are delivering business benefits? To assess the business value you are getting from your Policy and Procedures ask yourself the following questions: Does everyone in the organization have easy visibility on how things are done at read more... about Are you throwing money away writing policies and procedures no one uses? (Part 2)

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Writing Policies and Procedures Manuals Started as a Way to Prevent Trainwrecks

Article Header Subheading here Did you ever wonder who started writing policies and procedures manuals and why? Well in America at least, it seems the railroads started writing policies and procedures as a way to prevent trainwrecks. That’s what scholar JoAnne Yates discovered in her book Control Through Communication: The Rise of System in American Management . read more... about Writing Policies and Procedures Manuals Started as a Way to Prevent Trainwrecks

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

What Do the Best-run Companies Do About IT SOPs?

Tech Republic.com is a great resource for all subjects IT and technical trends. But there’s a lot there too that touches business management best practices. We found an interesting post in their IT Leadership blog that explains the value of IT SOPS for CIOs and IT management. In the post “ Mastering the Mundane with SOPs that fit ” author Padilla Ramon repeats a quote familiar to most of us: “The best run organizations are those which have mastered the mundane. read more... about What Do the Best-run Companies Do About IT SOPs?

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Avoiding "Brain Drain" When Star Performers Leave

In an previous post Do “Unwritten Rules” Undermine Your Business? , The Good Business Systems squad warned about the dangers of operating your business with “unwritten rules.” This question the St. Louis Small Business Monthly highlights more of the dangers. What happens when star performers leave and take their “unwritten” knowledge out the door with them? “My biggest all-star employee just left the company to work for a competitor. read more... about Avoiding "Brain Drain" When Star Performers Leave

Monday, March 22, 2021

Got too much on your plate! – Create a Delegation System (Part 1)

Does it seem like you never get to the really strategic, important things in your business because you’re so busy? Are you stuck doing things you know you really shouldn’t be doing just because no one else can do them or you don’t have a way to delegate? If you find yourself repeatedly saying “I’ve got too much on my plate” you’re not alone. read more... about Got too much on your plate! – Create a Delegation System (Part 1)

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

It's Never the Employee. It's Your System

We ran across this very interesting post on a NY Times small business blog called It’s Never the Employee and thought we’d share. Here are some key points: “To those who complained that employees were coming to them with simple problems to be solved, had the employees been given training on options to solve those kinds of problems? No. read more... about It's Never the Employee. It's Your System

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Lighten the Load: Decluttering Your Business Systems

Part of clearing the decks for the New Year involves clearing desks—weeding out all the old files, old projects, and miscellaneous odds and ends that take up physical and mental space and block progress. Decluttering frees up space, energy, and restores focus so you can get more done. You probably declutter your workspace when it starts to drag down productivity. read more... about Lighten the Load: Decluttering Your Business Systems

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Standardizing operations by systemizing business processes (Systems Thinking)

There is a NEW way of managing operations and thinking about process that leads to better results. The concept of standardizing operations by writing policies and procedures and distributing a corporate training manual that’s been around since 1887 doesn’t cut it anymore. To really achi read more... about Standardizing operations by systemizing business processes (Systems Thinking)

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Standardizing Operations Helps You Work Faster and Eliminate Waste

In today’s economy, no organization can afford to tolerate wasting effort, staff time, or money on inefficient operations for long. Surviving in tough times means making the best use of available resources and that means eliminating waste. That’s where examining your business systems comes into it. read more... about Standardizing Operations Helps You Work Faster and Eliminate Waste

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Thanksgiving Dinner for 30? No Problem When You've Got a Good System!

How seriously do we take streamlining systems at COMPROSE? You be the judge. Some of us were just discussing our Thanksgiving plans over lunch and we had to laugh. Seems like standardizing operations is a way of life around here and it doesn’t stop when we leave the building. One of our group commented that Thanksgiving has become her favorite holiday because it almost goes like clockwork: “everyone has a job, and everyone does their job. read more... about Thanksgiving Dinner for 30? No Problem When You've Got a Good System!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

What Do the Best-run Companies Do About IT SOPs?

Tech Republic.com is a great resource for all subjects IT and technical trends. But there’s a lot there too that touches business management best practices. We found an interesting post in their IT Leadership blog that explains the value of IT SOPS for CIOs and IT management. In the post “ Mastering the Mundane with SOPs that fit ” author Padilla Ramon repeats a quote familiar to most of us: “The best run organizations are those which have mastered the mundane. read more... about What Do the Best-run Companies Do About IT SOPs?

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

What is a "Good" Business System?

A “good” business system encapsulates everything about how your organization “does business” and how you are better than your competition”—people, processes, tasks, workflows, steps. It’s your standardized operations plan. If you have a good system, anyone who follows it can get a good result every time! And if you find you aren’t getting the results you want, you can just adjust the system until you do. read more... about What is a "Good" Business System?

Wednesday, March 3, 2021