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Running business methodically could be a way to improve operational efficiency and improve sustainability

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Abdul Wadud, CEO & Management Consultant, TRANSFORM

efficiencySouth-East Asia is likely to be the core of global growth for the century and Bangladesh can share the pie with all by allocating and utilizing their recourses efficiently, particularly large number of working populations by running their business methodically through implementation of professional management systems as multi-nationals runs operations.

Since independence, Bangladesh has grown gradually and now is poised to up-grade from the LDC to DC status and if we can ensure macro-economic and micro-economic stability by removing the obstacles, creating conducive systems and environment to ensure inclusive sustainable development and growth so that economic, social and political harmony is maintained. However, in this paper we would like to highlight how private business entities can become sustainable by running their business methodically through implementation of professional management systems.

Product, people, process and positioning is very important for any business. However, a business consists of a team of people where leadership, system, strategy and culture play important roles and capacity of the entrepreneur is only a part of the success. To become successful as a business right people at right place, right process, and right system designed gradually through a 360-degree long term strategy and culture is most important.

To become successful and take a correct decision it is more important to know what we don’t know and try to find out a way to know what we don’t know by taking people who knows that better. And no one knows everything. That is the beauty of an organization where others can take care of one’s short comings and therefore it becomes easy to become successful by taking more rational choices. Eventually, this also reduces the risks without minimizing returns and eventually ensures wealth maximization.

Fortunately, only an insignificant percentage of our business entities operates methodically and just by running their business professionally can reduce lots of waste and increase return. With the increased return they can ensure better pay, reduce working hour, provide bonus and incentives for better job and create positive working environment that ensures long term sustainability.

Another benefit of running companies professionally is to ensure smooth transitions of responsibilities from one generation to the next and getting listed in capital market could be a way to ensure transfer of ownership. However, capital market to work properly needs strong monitoring of listed companies, authentic accounts and reporting systems, regulatory tools and independent implementation of good governance to ensure proper functioning of capital market.

People are our biggest recourses for us. We need to focus on how to grow and develop them into productive means for inclusive development where the fruit of development can be shared by all which is the only way towards sustainability.

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