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SYSTEMology’s Back-of-Book Description
Do you sometimes feel like your business is an adult daycare centre? Are you constantly repeating yourself, fixing errors and trying to hold things together? What if it were possible to create a business that runs itself?
You’ve dreamed about it – now it’s time to make this a reality!
If you’re anything like many seasoned business owners, you’ve tried and failed to systemise your business. The reality is, your shiny business isn’t as functional as it looks from the outside; it’s unorganised, inconsistent and key-person dependent.
SYSTEMology solves this problem with a proven, step-by-step business systemisation framework – designed so that even the busiest business owner can deploy it. Drawing on 20+ years of business experience and real-life case studies, David Jenyns details the path to complete business reliability.
Here are just a few of the myths we will bust along the way:
- You will need to create hundreds of systems to systemise a business.
- The business owner is the only one who can create the systems.
- Creating systems is time-consuming.
- You need to invest in expensive and complex software.
- Even if you have systems in place, your team won’t follow them.
- Systemisation destroys creativity.
- You need to systemise like McDonald’s.
The fact is, successful business owners worldwide are applying SYSTEMology every day to create time, reduce errors and scale their profits – and now you can too!
Full disclosure, friends – I was given a copy of SYSTEMology: CreateTime, Reduce Errors and Scale Your Profits with Proven Business Systems in exchange for my honest review. But that was awesome because had I not been, I might not have heard of it. While right now I don’t really have a ‘business’, I someday might! So, I like to learn about the right way to develop and lead them.
And that’s just what this book does. If you or someone you know is a business owner or thinking of becoming one, definitely keep reading this review! But also, in my opinion, it would be beneficial for department heads or people who lead a team of various roles.
Anyway – this little business book packs a real punch, guys! It’s laid out with 7 steps to organize your business so that it can remain (or become) profitable and you can step away if you so desire. I mean think about it – the whole idea of becoming an entrepreneur or business owner is so you can have MORE freedom, right? But I know so many business owners who work excruciatingly long weeks because they are so wrapped up in the day-to-day of it. They don’t have the freedom to step away because everything depends on them. Well, this book aims to change that.
Don’t let the word ‘system’ bog you down; you can essentially replace the word system with habit, process, best practice, or workflow. SYSTEMology is about the day-to-day processes in place in the business and how you need to get them on paper in order to make them replicable. He touches on the idea that you should model your system or process after the best workers – the people who achieve the best results. Think of your top salesman, or your highest rated customer service rep, etc. Which makes sense right? If you’re going to lay out a plan for a task, it should be modeled after the best person at that task.
It starts very basic and slowly moves into more nuanced things, but the whole message is very easy to understand and digest. Throughout the book, he mentions resources on the website – SYSTEMology.com so be sure to check that out.
The author shares examples and stories that make the book easy to read and understand. It’s conversational and relaxed – not at all stiff like some other business books I’ve read. And his steps mention over and over to Keep it Simple! Especially because the idea of constant and never-ending improvement is built into the model. He urges the reader to get comfortable with getting a draft down and improving it along the way.
If you’re a business owner, you might be thinking “Well my business is different” or “I don’t have the time or money to do this” or “My team won’t follow along”. Well, every chapter of the book combats objections like those and explains another step in the process. And really – what have you got to lose?
As the author says “…doing nothing costs you more than still being in the same place at some point in the future”
He makes a lot of great points throughout – I marked so many pages and quotes, I couldn’t possibly list them all here or I’d be giving too much away.
Favorite Quotes From SYSTEMology
“Business and life are non-linear…things don’t always happen in a straight line.”
“The truth is, ‘good enough’ traps you. You don’t want to stop there!”
“So beware of chasing the bright, shiny objects – while the appeal of the quick win is strong, it’s rarely where you will see the biggest returns.”
“No one would be keen to purchase a business that is entirely dependant on the person who’s leaving.”
“Whether we’re aware of it or not, we all have systems that we create and use in different areas of our life. We might not be aware of the existence of those systems, but that doesn’t make us immune to their results.”
“[having the system] reduces anxiety around taking leave, provides business owner confidence and gets you one step closer to complete business reliability.”
“Opportunities rarely come at the end of a steady upwards curve. Success is lumpy and opportunity knocks when you’re least expecting it.”
I really enjoyed this book! I’m not even the core demographic for it, but I found the insights in SYSTEMology to be useful and interesting to learn about. So 5 stars for me! Seriously, I have no complaints.
It’s written by an Australian author, so if you’re an American you might find some of the spelling a bit off, but other than that you’d hardly notice. Everything is made to be basic and applicable to all business types, wherever they are.
I have already recommended this to a couple of business owners I know and I will keep recommending it to more! Plus department leaders, people in leadership, and people in training roles, too. If none of these things apply to you, and you’re still reading this, then consider buying it for yourself to try and systemize other areas of your life! Or maybe gift it to a business owner or entrepreneur you know.
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