It's a good business practice to take a look from time to time at things in our businesses that we've grown attached to but aren't helping us best serve our clients and achieve our business goals. We need to replace those things with things that nurture and propel our businesses, instead of robbing our business vitality.
Whether it is a contact management system that has been outgrown, a habit that's become comfortable despite being non-productive, a vendor that hasn't kept up with the ways our mutual clients expect to be served, or any number of other auld attachments we've accumulated, there is a fresh, forward-compatible replacement available. If we aren't taking advantage of it, to be sure our competitor is.
Hoeing the weeds in our businesses is amazingly challenging, even after we realize we've got weeds. We worry about the little ways that it might hurt to hoe, instead of worrying about the bigger ways in which we are hurt by not hoeing. We shouldn't be impulsive about it, but we must be proactive. Having a defined mission and specific goals against which we measure progress on a regular basis, will provide a sound basis for identifying the weeds. Once identified, there is no good excuse for not eradicating them.