The Pursuit of GAPology

Scanning cable news channels after midnight last night led me to believe that far too many people are willing to blame current business woes on poor economic conditions. In many cases that leads to a strategic plan of WAITING for things to get better on the economic front. Are you willing to chance that approach?

Realistically, we must admit that our poor U.S. economy certainly does negatively impact productivity and profitability. You simply can’t ignore that reality. Regrettably, there’s very little we alone can do about this harsh reality in the short term. However, the poor economy is far from the only reason performance is declining.

How do you account for the fact that so many businesses, across industries, are experiencing increased performance, profits, and growth at a time when so many others are falling by the wayside as helpless victims?

The answers may well lie in the study of GAP-ology! You may not be aware of this term as it’s seldom mentioned in the annals of management and leadership. However, it’s a process that we, the AchieveMax® team, have been focusing on for several years now and the benefits have been indeed plentiful.

Let’s begin with a simple definition of GAP-ology: It’s simply the consistent process of closing any and all gaps existing between the current status of your organization and the desired performance required to attain the success you seek.

Working with your staff, our team evaluates your current status in a number of gap areas … most of which you may not have identified as possible barriers to productivity, profitability, and growth within your organization.

We then develop an action plan to begin the closure of any gaps we may have identified. It’s been our experience that several of these negative gap areas exist simultaneously in many organizations and have never been successfully identified much less dealt with.

Take a look at a number of the gaps we’ve identified and closed for so many of our clients. Be totally honest as you consider the possibility of the existence of any one or more of these cancerous gaps.

  • Expectations Gap
  • Communications Gap
  • Generation Gap
  • Staff Development Gap
  • Engagement Gap
  • Empowerment Gap
  • Creativity Gap
  • Technology Gap
  • Service Gap
  • Execution Gap
  • Accountability Gap
  • Consequences Gap

Once identified, how do you Close the gap?

  1. Awareness
  2. Knowledge
  3. Application
  4. Creativity
  5. Strategy
  6. Involvement
  7. Action
  8. Persistence
  9. Follow Up

Don’t take my word for it. Do some research. Consult your favorite business magazine or periodical, and you’ll quickly discover that every industry boasts successful leaders who have overcome the many obstacles we all face today. How do you think they’re doing it? You can bet that it lies in Gap Closure. Are you closing your gaps? We’d be more than willing to successfully assist you in that effort. Give us a call at 1-800-882-2629 TODAY!

About Harry K. Jones

Harry K. Jones is a motivational speaker and consultant for AchieveMax®, Inc., a company of professional speakers who provide custom-designed seminars, keynote presentations, and consulting services. Harry's top requested topics include change management, customer service, creativity, employee retention, goal setting, leadership, stress management, teamwork, and time management. For more information on Harry's presentations, please call 800-886-2629 or fill out our contact form.

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