Sage software supports better business management, especially in companies transitioning from old-fashioned hierarchical structures to a more team-based style of management.
The key is found in Sage ERP products. Sage software such as Sage 300 provides information from all corners of your business to the employees, empowering everyone with better, accurate, and timely facts about different areas of accounting, finance, and operations. This empowerment provides the basis for change, a shift from hierarchical leadership which relies on information disseminated from the top-down to a flatter, more egalitarian leadership style.
Shifting Organizational Leadership Styles Easier with the Right Software
The Deloitte Human Capital 2017 study reveals that, among the 7,000 companies it surveyed, the number one issue described by leaders is how to shift the organization and leadership structure to meet modern-day demands. The Harvard Business Review supports this assertion. An older article describes several companies with a teamwork approach who were successful using fewer people than other strict hierarchical companies.
The better your staff works as a team, the easier it will be to shift leadership styles. Sage software can be the catalyst that transforms your organization from a “do this” mentality to a “we can do this together” mindset. Here’s how PositiveVision’s Sage products can support the transformation of your organization into a teamwork-based company.
Sage Software Facilitates Teamwork
Older business models relied upon the boss to direct individuals to complete tasks. It wasn’t that the boss was smarter or better than the workers. He might be the only one with the requisite knowledge to make decisions surrounding resources and personnel. The boss had information that the workers didn’t have, so they had to rely on his judgment to know which tasks to perform next, when, and why.
Fast-forward to today. With the rise of systems like Sage 300, information can be shared among workers so they can make decisions on their own. They don’t need to wait for a boss to say when a task should be performed. Accurate data, training, and teamwork make the process faster and better.
Managers can then focus on setting direction. Teams are empowered with the information they need to manage tasks, work collaboratively, and streamline decision-making. Because all the information they need about accounts, clients, inventory, and sales are at their fingertips, they can act independently. The results are a faster, better organization in which individuals can work together on shared projects rather than wait for direction.
The Role of Leadership Is Changing
If you watch old movies that depict factory life, you can clearly see the shift between yesterday’s manufacturing workforce and today’s workers. In bygone days, the "boss" sat behind a desk and barked orders at everyone who crossed his path.
Today’s leaders motivate, inspire, and guide teams. Workers are educated so they can read directions, interpret data and analytics, and make informed decisions. Managers don’t have to make all the decisions. Instead, they need to convey the direction and goals so workers can figure out how to get there.
Technology Changed the Workforce
Many factors influenced the shift from top-down management to teamwork styles, but paramount among them is the role of technology. Technology has made it possible to share accurate information quickly, easily, and widely.
Throughout the ages, leadership styles have moved from dictatorial methods to today’s team-based atmosphere. The right software can help teams manage themselves, freeing leaders to motivate and inspire. It’s a healthy work environment that encourages growth, innovation, and productivity.
At PositiveVision, we’ve been helping companies around the Chicago area and beyond find and use the right technology for their needs. Enterprise resource planning software such as Sage 300 ERP offers you the same powerful technology for your SME as it once provided solely to larger companies. For more information, visit PositiveVision or contact us today.