Robotic and subservient.
Conforming blindly to standards not set by yourself.
The above is a general description of a stepford wife.
Although the term and movie are satirical, there are definitely elements of the stepford wife that are very real.
Watch this following clip from the movie to first get a laugh, and second to see some of the things that a stepford wife does:
And I propose that you make your business like a stepford wife.
What do I mean by this?
Do I mean that your business has no personality, no standards and no mission?
Quite the contrary.
Your business exists to serve you, not you serving your business.
Please don’t confuse this with not serving your customers.
Your systems, checks and balances, and procedures exist to serve your business.
And these have no feelings and no agenda.
Except to accomplish what you design them to accomplish.
And if some of them can be automated and operate in a robotic fashion, even better.
It doesn’t mean you’re heartless, or there is no room for imagination and innovation.
Remember, you are the entrepreneur. And you are in control of how you want your business to operate.
Your business can still represent the best you.
Making your business like a stepford wife in terms of some of the operating procedures will free you up to do what you do best, whether it’s creating new business or refining what you already offer.
What are your thoughts about automating some of your business operations? I would love to get your feedback.