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Checklists? Check!

Checklists are an important part of a business coach business.  The argument could be made that checklists are an essential part of time and financial freedom.  The usefulness of a checklist starts with transferring the knowledge of what has to be done from the business owners’ cranium to lists that can be used over and over again. After having even need just one checklist many business owners continue to make more as they see how much time it saves it and how many mistakes avoided through using the checklist.

The purpose of a business is to provide time and financial freedom for the business owner. With this goal in mind, sharing the know-how of everything from the sales process, to training, even cleaning should have a checklist. A list of what needs to be done and gone through creates accountability between manager and employee. A checklist also allows the business owner to take the knowledge from his mind and put it into actionable tasks to ensure what needs to be done for the successful operation of the company.

Another great part about checklists is how quickly solving problems in day to day operations becomes.  Usually, a checklist that isn’t done or isn’t understood is the reason for dropping the ball.  If the checklist is completely followed then the bulk of mistakes usually made goes down dramatically.  The fewer mistakes made mean more happy customers and less headache for the company aka the business owner.

Checklists are so important to the successful day to day operations that a top surgeon wrote a business coach book about his findings on the use of checklists.  Atul Gawande said that “the volume and complexity of what we know have exceeded our individual ability to deliver its benefits correctly, safely, or reliably.” This is coming from a surgeon who wrote “ In 2007 in the New Yorker an article about how simply using the checklist dramatically reduces the number of mistakes made in hospitals as well as lower the amount of deaths in intensive care units across the US.

If checklists are dramatically reducing the number of deaths in hospitals and greatly improving patient care across intensive care units Then they can surely make sure that your business is run smoothly and successfully. Team members typically have many things going on in memorization is the worst possible thing you can expect from your employees. Minds are made for thinking not for remembering.  If you were looking to make sure things get done the same way every single time put them on the checklist and make sure you put the manager in charge to inspect the checklist.

If you’re wanting to have time freedom away from your business it will require handing over the role of doing everything yourself to your staff. A checklist is for any business owner who wants time freedom. It is amazing how much of a team can transform simply from having what they need to do written down in front of them. It is genuinely the goal of the Thrive time business coach team to get you and your business where you need to go. One of the best things you can do for the business is to create a checklist for the systems and processes that need to get done. You will be thankful that you have more time on your hands and can rest assured knowing each task has been completed correctly.

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Mannalis B.

Mannalis B. is the "Super Manager" for Elephant in the Room Men's Grooming Lounge and the wife of the youngest Thrivetime Show coach - Andrew B. She is "Manna" for the Elephant team, providing all of the managerial sustenance that they need.

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