From Juggling Tasks, to Alignment and Focus
In any entrepreneurial endeavor, the greatest challenge often becomes managing resources. You always have more moving parts than you have hands to juggle those components.
This balancing act of maximizing resources often leads to massive amounts of anxiety, and wasted effort.
But there are businesses that move beyond this constant management, and gain clarity over their efforts and direction. These companies move beyond anxiety and into processes.
In this case study, we’ll meet Home Health Smith, a 14-employee company with over $3M in annual revenue who has streamlined operations with EOS, and become a data-driven profitable machine.
About Home Health Smith
Home Health Smith provides accessibility and mobility solutions for elderly to safely age at home. They have services, and products serving primarily the New England area. They exist to improve people’s lives.
Their founders are a husband and wife combination, Linda and Bill Bombach who have had a successful career selling their first Company and launching HHS 10 years ago.
New Economy CPA
New Economy runs on the EOS process, and part of the financial services with Home Health Smith included improving processes, and moving the company onto a system for data-driven predictable growth.
In this case study, we’ll walk through the steps taken, and improvements seen by transforming Home Health Smith from a typical scattered company, to a process-driven aligned business with a clear focus.
Setting the Vision
While a big part of EOS is processes and data, none of this can happen until there is alignment about the vision.
Home Health Smith worked with New Economy to create a 3 year vision and 1 year plan for the business, along with a set of core values that are currently displayed on the website.
The Power of Focus
Creating a vision allowed for the company to completely transform. Bill likes to use an analogy of rowing many different boats separately versus all rowing together in the same direction.
The vision brought this clarity of purpose, and united the team to work together on a shared mission.
“It’s changed us immensely.” Linda said of the move to clear goals. “Instead of all moving separately, we work around our goals and core values.”
Focus Brings Accountability and Speed
With the vision in place, the goals can break down at a much more granular level.
One of the biggest improvements seen due to focus is with quick, meaningful decision-making. Bill said prior to implementing EOS, the company would tolerate mediocrity much longer.
Now, the business has a vision, core values, and clear weekly measurables leading to quick action when something is not on track.
“The speed has been key for us.” Linda said. “Now we reward, hire and fire based on our core values. It doesn’t take long to to make decisions, where before we’d talk about things for so long.”
Working Together to Reach Goals
This accountability plays out in a variety of ways, but ultimately the team is responsible for specific measurable targets.
In any business, creating a vision should be tied to data. You are at point A, you want to get to point B. What are the specific daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly steps that have to be taken to get from A to B?
This is what clarity looks like, and when you are not on track to hit your goals, everyone knows it because the leading indicators are pointing to an issue. That means you can adjust quickly and get things back on track.
Bill said this has also brought the team much closer together, because of the added accountability.
Scorecard: Using Data to Reach Your Targets
Everything stated above is essential for business growth and success.
You need a team working together.
All of that sounds great, but ultimately falls flat unless there is a data-driven plan for execution. This is why the EOS system ultimately relies on numbers.
A major component of EOS is the scorecard. With the scorecard, you break down your long term goals into weekly measurables that are tracked to keep everyone on target.
For Home Health, their scorecard begins with a cash model that New Economy helped them build. With their cash flow model, now their vision and plans have a direct correlation with adding cash in the business.
Jeff at New Economy explained this process is often the most powerful piece for businesses. At New Economy it’s built into how they work, as they start with the 3 year vision, and 1 year plan, then break down into projections that support these plans. And out of the plans, they create quarterly measurables around revenue, gross profit % and net profit %.
Finally, the relationship between an accounting advisor and a business comes down to trust. All the data in the world won’t help unless there is a mutual agreement on the direction, and reliable numbers to back it up.
For Home Health, this is the most important aspect New Economy brings to the table, and why they’ve been a crucial partner for the growth of the business.
Bill agreed and said this level of trust and transparency allows him to do what he does best.
“I’m the visionary in the company, and have ideas.” Bill said. “So knowing the financial side is covered, and I can trust the numbers allows me to stay focused on the big picture.”
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