In a tunnel under the border of France and Switzerland, protons are being smashed head on in a huge contraption called the Large Hadron Collider. The point of the operation is to find the origins of creation, the Higgs Boson which, according to the theories of physicists, is the stuff from which all is built.
You can imagine the planning that went into building the Collider, the protocol put into place to ensure safety (after all, collision of the atom gave us Hiroshima!). And now, it has been reported that more careful planning is leading to the ramping up of operations. BBC today reported that now the scientists will “increase the energies of the bunches of subatomic particles called protons that it smashes together.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17025708.
The ramp up will be a 14% increase, making a sum total “collision energy of 8 trillion electron volts.”
You planned for your business, created your business vision, the operations manual, all the protocol. You are in business already, but you want to ramp it up a few notches. What do you do? Many business owners believe you just ramp up the energy. However, many case studies will point out that just ramping up operations without solid planning can cause a business to fold.
Just as physicists must ramp up the pace in their Collider, a business owner must do careful, prudent planning before going for an expansion.
Your business plan has to be overhauled and updated. New job descriptions and protocol must be drafted, employees trained and policies and procedures put into place that will encompass all the added responsibilities and activities.
Answer these questions before ramping up operations: what resources will you need to increase operations, what additional staff and consultants, how will added workflow impact current successful outcomes and how do you keep your current success in place, even as you expand.
Explode profits, without imploding your business.