Business operating systems (BOS) make companies more efficient, operationalize culture and drive them toward their business goals. How? This structure helps organizations clarify responsibilities, identify ownership and performance accountability, establish processes for operations and resolving issues, and create awareness of cultural expectations and progress reports.
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At its core, a BOS is a formalized structure encompassing communication, processes, and practices that consistently align owners, leadership, and teams toward the company’s goals. It provides a structured framework to discuss and define the ‘what,’ ‘why,’ ‘when,’ and ‘how’ of company and team objectives.
Components of a BOS
A robust BOS integrates three key elements:
The Purpose: Establishing the ‘why’ and purpose behind communication within the organization.
The People: Aligning organizational charts and defining ownership responsibilities.
The Process: Implementing performance accountability practices at both company and team levels.
How Does BOS Support Success?
BOS isn’t just a glorified flowchart. It’s like having a well-tuned orchestra conductor in your team. The ability to seamlessly coordinate tasks and bring all the elements together ensures that every project hits the right notes and reaches its crescendo of success:
Crafting Your BOS: Essential Steps
Creating a tailored BOS for your company involves fundamental steps that lay the groundwork for operational excellence:
1. Customize Your BOS: Tailor-Fit Structure
Begin by customizing the structure of your BOS to align with your company’s unique vision, mission, and scalability. This involves designing a framework that adapts and grows with your business objectives while maintaining coherence.
For instance, if your company’s growth trajectory leans towards flexibility and rapid expansion, the BOS should allow for adaptability without compromising efficiency.
2. Define Organizational Roles: Clarity in Responsibilities
Establish a clear organizational chart delineating roles and responsibilities. This clarifies ownership, aligns efforts, and ensures that each individual comprehends their contribution to the collective goal.
Consider this as creating a detailed job description for each role, emphasizing not just tasks but the impact they have on the company’s success.
3. Embrace Performance Accountability: Systematic Measurement
Implement a performance success system that consistently measures company and team performance. Regular assessments ensure continuous improvement and enable informed decision-making.
Think of it as setting benchmarks and metrics that track progress, providing a clear understanding of what success looks like at every level of the organization.
4. Establish Communication Protocols: Streamlined Dialogue
Develop purposeful and effective communication plans outlining the frequency, agendas, and methods. This facilitates efficient information flow, ensuring that communication serves a meaningful purpose.
It’s akin to setting a structured agenda for meetings, ensuring they serve as platforms for productive discussions rather than merely information exchanges.
5. Operationalize Company Core Values: Infuse Values into Operations
Embed company core values into daily operations, aligning actions and KPIs with these values. This creates a cohesive culture and ensures that decision-making aligns with the company’s ethical compass.
Think of core values as guiding principles steering everyday decisions, actions, and interactions within the organization.
How to get company-wide buy-in for a new Business Operating System (BOS)
Many businesses benefit from implementing Business Operating Systems (BOS) in order to improve performance and culture. However, getting company-wide buy-in can be difficult. Implementation requires focus, time and an allocation of resources away form the day-to-day status quo. Here are a few tips:
Need Help Implementing Business Operating Systems?
These systems can bring a host of benefits to a company – such as improved communication and efficient processes – but implementing them can be a tricky business; employees may feel left behind or lost in a sea of new company jargon if not properly supported in the implementation of a BOS. The solution? Culture Works.
We partner with leadership staff to operationalize culture and support the implementation of your company’s BOS so your whole team feels aligned with the what, why, who, where, and how of the system (what is it, why are we using it, who is using it, where is it taking us, and how do we use it?).Read on to learn more about what we do and check out our operations package. Then, learn why role alignment is the golden ticket to your next key player.