Posted by Meqa Smith
on 1 September 2013
Administration - Yes it Matters
Most of us are creatures of habit and much of what we do in our daily lives is predicated on these habits.
We rarely stop to consider whether these habits are good, bad or indifferent, we simply accept that they just are as they stand.
For us to change our lives in any significant way will always require us to change some of our habits or to acquire some new habit.
This got me thinking how habits often do not only control what we do but also what we think and how we view life in general.
A concept articulated from the project management environment states that, if we can’t measure it we can’t manage it and if we can’t manage it we can’t improve it.
This raises the question of what to measure and why.
Stepping away from the project environment and into my own area of expertise, administration, it is easy to overlook the importance of this aspect of the business.
It is the business administrations responsibility to ensure the correct, consistently compiled, numbers are provided for any measurement to be possible.
Whatever facet of the business one might examine, unless you have a sound administrative base, you are potentially in trouble.
Unless you can determine the state of your business accurately at any time, you will be making decisions in the dark.
All this might sound obvious, but the reality is that more often than not administration in business is seen as a cost instead of as one of the potentially positive drivers, to gain and retain focus in your business.
For all you business people out there, make sure you say a big thank you to all your administrative staff for keeping you out of the trouble you might otherwise be in right now.
Click here for another interesting take on the impact of poor administration.