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April 26, 2018

Every business organization is a living breathing entity. I am beginning a series of six blogs related to the foundational elements of a great business organization. A business requires structure and a framework by which its efforts become an asset or resource of value to others. Without structure an entity is simply a mass of chaos.

Think back to your science class where the simplest of life forms was represented by the amoeba. Its total makeup was that of a cell wall, internal fluids and a nucleus. It reproduced, but that appears to be its only accomplishment. While technically an organism, its impact on the surrounding environment is minimal.

Consider the definition of “organism” - a complex structure of interdependent and subordinate elements whose relations and properties are largely determined by their function in the whole.

To more fully impact the environment, more complex organisms form intricate bodies with specialized organs and internal structures such as the skeleton, nerves, muscles and the skin. Each business has the same requirements. A larger impact on an economic environment requires an equally complex structure of interdependent and subordinate groups. However, given the correct foundation, the ability to scale is much improved.

Over the next few weeks, we will discuss the following elements of an organization.

  • Leadership
  • Sales and marketing
  • Human capital
  • Finance
  • Operations
  • Systems and processes

We will explore the benefits and challenges found in each of these areas.

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