The Habits of Highly Successful Organizations
Whether you’re the driving force behind a startup, heading up local operations at a growing company, or securing your multinational’s position at the top of your industry, it’s only natural to look at the competition.
You have to understand what your competitors are doing right while realizing the things that they are clearly doing wrong. This is the only way to discover what you can from their practices and identify what you can be applying to your own business.
Array works with startups, scaleups, and multinationals. We see what they're doing right, and we learn from it. One of the things we’ve learned is that successful organizations all adopt a set of habits. These habits lead businesses to become more efficient, mature, and ultimately more successful. By adopting these habits you can bring success to your organization too.
HABIT ONE: THEY COLLATE INFORMATION
Every business collects data. Whether it's client details, marketing leads, jobs completed, products sold, or any combination of countless types of data, it’s likely that you’re sitting on a pile of different data streams with results you’ve collected over months or years.
But do you collate them?
There’s only so much you can learn from one data source. Sure, you’ll know that you’ve completed seven appraisals this week, or sold four hundred units of product X, or fielded questions from 38 customers, but you won’t know how that all ties together.
Take Walmart South Africa for example. They had over 10,000 employees across hundreds of store locations with no defined process for collecting or storing their data. They utilized Array's platform to ensure that every single store location across 13 different countries collected their various data streams in the same way and stored that data on one central server accessible to the corporate team. A fully collated data stream allowed them to achieve a new depth of data knowledge at an enterprise level.
You have to stop siloing your data and start collating it. Bring it together so that you can see everything your team, department, or organization is doing.
HABIT TWO: THEY INVESTIGATE DATA
Having a master list of all your collated data is only the beginning. You also need to dig into what you’ve found and investigate everything.
It’s not enough to know what’s going on. You need to understand why it's going on. Investigating and analyzing data allows you to spot trends both internally within your company and externally among your customers.
Keep an eye on these trends, and on data hotspots, and you’ll be far better informed about the way your business can react to the market. Dig deep enough, and you won’t just know how to react, you’ll also spot ways to work proactively to drive trends and move ahead of the competition.
You need a powerful analytics tool like Array to manage and investigate all that data. Array has an incredibly intelligent reporting tool built right into the platform. You can build your reports dashboard to display whatever metrics you want based on your form data submissions. The best part? It updates in real-time with every new data submission so that you are always informed at every moment.
HABIT THREE: THEY INTEGRATE SYSTEMS
One of the most common barriers to growth for any large organization is scaling their processes. Smaller teams make use of a whole range of tools - marketing tools like MailChimp, storage tools like OneDrive, and accounting tools like Xero.
Moving data from one tool to the next is a roadblock. It slows everything down and makes it harder to do more work without increasing the amount of time required.
Successful organizations integrate systems. They use tools that can work together, bringing various functions under one simple umbrella in order to streamline tasks and workflows.
That way, as their ability to service more and more clients grows, the time requirements remain manageable and efficient.
Array integrates with countless other applications and tools, making data transitions as simple and seamless as possible. Take a look at how Array helped small town bake shop Zara Cakes integrate their tools under one platform so they could create a more efficient business, increase their revenue, and scale their business accordingly.
HABIT FOUR: THEY AUTOMATE
This habit is where the most successful organizations differ from everyone else. They don’t just collate data and investigate it. They don’t just integrate their tools and processes.
They automate. They reduce the amount of labor required to adopt all of these habits by automating communications, reporting, and analysis. They hand over tasks to scripts and bots, freeing up valuable time and energy for their people to do the one thing that a bot can’t.
To think. To solve problems. To be creative.
Automation allows your people to create solutions that open doors into the future. You can keep scaling up. You can not only sustain your success, but amplify it exponentially. You can develop the next world-changing product or life-changing service. All because automation gave you the freedom to do so.
It’s simple. Automate where you can, and you create space for ideas. And it’s ideas that lead to innovation, and innovation to success.
Array is a powerful tool for workflow automation. By digitizing processes, maximizing data collection productivity, automating data analysis, and bridging the communications gap between tools, Array fosters efficiency in all areas of your business so you have the freedom to grow without limits.
LET ARRAY DO THE HEAVY LIFTING
All of the habits that define a successful organization are a result of something we call operational maturity. By adopting them, you’ll become more mature, more efficient, more successful. Array gives you the tools to adopt every single habit on this list and implement them straight away so that your business can reach its highest potential. Try it for free today.