Keeping the Flow in Workflow

There’s workflow, and then there’s “Flow.” Think of “Flow” as being in “the zone.” When your team or business has the Flow, things go quickly and smoothly. Workflow is definitely a big part of it, but Flow is one of those intangibles with a very tangible impact. Full Flow performance gives your company competitive strength, as teams respond faster, deliver more consistent results and generate positive energy and enthusiasm.

What happens when teams aren’t operating in the Flow? Projects seem to require more effort. Workflow steps take longer than they should. Communications become disjointed and lack insight.

According to a new ebook,“Three Flow Killers,” there are several Flow causes: friction, noise and drag. The ebook explains what these terms mean to business performance and how to recognize them. Even more importantly, you’ll also find out how to avoid them, and instead capture the benefits of Flow.

Flow Killer Cause: Friction

  • Poor process design
  • Ineffective communication structures
  • Wrong technology for the job

Flow Killer Cause: Noise

  • Nonspecific data gathering
  • Assumptions about data quality
  • Incompatible data sources
  • Too many applications
  • Poorly integrated applications
  • Data distractions

Flow Killer Cause: Drag

  • Not identifying core competencies
  • Missing outsourcing opportunities
  • Fiefdoms
  • Fear of change
  • Failure to benchmark

How to Fix Your Flow

If you have business processes, you have the potential to make Flow your competitive advantage. Download the free ebook, “Three Flow Killers,” and find many useful ways to turn flow into a positive for your business.

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