Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Bridget Jones' Knickers … what have they got to do with your business?

Recently there have been a number of articles about a national department store famed for its underwear announcing that they are launching a performance enhancing pant for men.

As curvy women know, control underwear isn't obviously attractive, in ‘Bridget Jones Diary’, the villain Daniel Cleaver referred to “absolutely enormous pants”. Not sexy at first encounter, but as the heroine, Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones, was dressing for a date with Cleaver she commented:

 Major dilemma. If actually do, by some terrible chance, end up in flagrante surely these would be most attractive at crucial moment. (holds up thong) However, chances of reaching crucial moment greatly increased by wearing these scary stomach-holding-in pants very popular with grannies the world over. Tricky. Very tricky.”

 What does that have to do with running a business?

Management Systems!  The way you run your business from setting objectives to recruitment, training to product/service design & delivery … all leading to meeting and exceeding your customers requirements.

 Like control underwear, management systems, such as quality management standard ISO 9001 & environmental management standard  ISO 14001, are not obviously sexy but as something that supports and controls in all the right places and can boost the overall performance of your business, what’s not to like?

Business Guru’s all over the world say its important to have a defined plan, an ultimate goal and from this you will decide what is and isn’t important, stake holders such as investors require you to have a business plan, having a policy is the first rule of any recognised management standard and is what can lead ultimately to your business success.

 For businesses looking to set themselves apart from their competitors, certified management systems such as ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 are one step towards success,by providing an objective framework to help plan for the future, measure success against your goals, check what works and what doesn’t and even improve staff motivation, keeping the knowledge, skills & experience, upon which your business depends, are captured and maintained for the future.

Often when I introduce myself at business events I encounter blank looks when I mention my profession, the term management systems conjures thoughts of being an IT guru and if I talk about ISO 9001 or ISO 14001… I may as well be speaking a foreign language … when I mention the analogy with control underwear its great to see the lights switch on.

 I love what I do, after all, would over a million businesses have ISO 9001 if it didn’t reap some rewards?

For more information about the rising popularity of ISO 9001 click here.

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