It is the hot month of August… but September is around the corner.
As the weather gets cooler, thoughts turn to “back to school” if you have kids, and “back to work” for the rest of us.
I was talking to a few colleagues about this the other day. It seems that even though the “official” New Year is January… it seems like September is the time when we get “back to business”. It is the time when releases get done and decisions get made. Everything about the fall leaves and the cooler weather says “new start.”
So… what will your September look like?
We know our audience of franchising professionals does not always have time to read some of the bestselling business books. If you want to have a quick look at the best, we took some of the most innovative ideas out there, to help you get started in September the right way!
1. Management by OKR (Objectives, Key Results)
OKR (Objectives, Key Results) as described in Measure What Matters by John Doerr shows how the venture capitalist “works”. As one of the original investors in Google, John Doerr is legendary in the Silicon Valley community. The principal behind OKR is simple:
- Set goal
- Set tasks to achieve this goal (key results)
- Make the tasks measurable
For example, if you sell junk clearing services online. For one location, you want to grow revenue to 1 million this quarter (that is your objective).
Your key results would be:
- Get 5 leads/week at $100/lead from Google Ads.
- Run a 20% discount advertised in a Direct Mail campaign to 10,000 residents with a repetition of 3.
While a lot of this seems pretty practical, how many franchises really measure what matters, and connect it to key results? With these principles in mind in the context of the field auditing process, you can show it moving from overall organizational goals, to country to region and more.
2. Dare to be Original
One of the best books last year we recently read here at FranchiseBlast was Adam Grant’s Originals. Grant, a very popular professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, brings forward a researched-backed thesis that non-conformists will rule the world. While this can be a tough “pill to swallow” in a franchise world connected to the compliance on systems and processes, the book is an excellent read for the following reasons:
- He teaches us that entrepreneurs are not necessarily wild risk takers, but thoughtful people who hedge their bets.
- He discusses some of the BENEFITS to procrastination.
- Originals try a lot, succeed a lot AND fail a lot. They don’t have better ideas than their peers though they persist much more.
3. Checklist Manifesto
In the Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande, we learn about how checklists have taken a number of different fields by storm. Although in the Franchising world we are very familiar with the QSR checklist for food safety, other fields such as Medicine, Finance and Aviation also make great use of digital checklists. This simple management tool has enhanced care, and even saved lives. Here are some interesting pieces to think about:
- Work has become incredibly complex as the science behind it has increased. It is impossible, at this point, to expect one person to be the master of a procedure such as an operation, where literally hundreds of things could go wrong. Checklists help capture the complexity behind today’s jobs.
- A best practice that was discovered was that medical people knowing each others names before a surgery perform that surgery more effectively. This could extend to franchising, where everyone on a team knows each other’s name can make a big difference.
- Having a checklist is not the only important thing – it is having THE RIGHT checklist. The world of aviation has known this for some time, which is why they spend so much time on them. Is the future of franchise manuals a checklist?
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