Without Growth, There is Just Stagnation.
Following this mantra, 889 achieved goals to grow in 2016 and the first half of 2017. In sum total, we’ve added two project managers, four sales representatives, and three administrative personnel over the past year and a half. We’ve implemented new processes, including a comprehensive customer service strategy, a reformed management structure, and a redux of our logistics management procedures. By 2017, our custom built-to-print parts entered the automotive aftermarket for the first time. Additionally, we’ve expanded our vendor network to provide even more high quality investment castings and aluminum forgings. You may have already seen it (and if you haven’t, check it out!), but we launched a new website to start the year, far more accurately displaying the diverse capabilities 889 has to offer its clients.
Now, we aren’t telling you all this simply to brag (only a little bit for that). Instead, we want to plug that to which we believe we owe this success. In 2015, 889 began to implement a system called the “Entrepreneurial Operating System” (EOS), popularized by Gino Wickman in his business strategy book Traction. Through the help of implementer and friend of the company Rich Russakoff and diligent study by Judy Huang and others, our team has been able to “get a grip” on our goals over the past year and a half thanks to the ideas espoused in Traction.
In Traction, Gino Wickman argues that businesses often stagnate or fail because the company vision and purpose is not shared by all members of the organization. To defeat this evil, Mr. Wickman proposes the “Entrepreneurial Operating System,” designed to optimize the core components of any business.
As with any business strategy, Traction is a map, not the territory. It is designed for customization in implementation, and that has certainly been the case at 889. The journey of defining how we can best utilize EOS has been fun, challenging, and ultimately rewarding.
With Traction at our backs, we are fully prepared to turn our sights to 2018 and beyond. We look forward to seeing you there!
Check out Traction and the EOS at their website: here