Running, a painstaking process…

Hours of hard work resulting in the euphoria of a successful outcome is, by our very human nature, an addictive and satisfying pattern. Most industry professionals know this feeling all too well. Your organization runs on a multitude of connecting factors and core processes requiring thorough and consistent attention, an ongoing task as strenuous as it is rewarding.

What better comparison can there be with this process than long-distance running? Running is one of the most basic human movements; our bodies, no matter how we might perceive them in their current state, were built to run (or at least walk) long distances, just as your business, no matter what your current pain points are, was built to thrive. At Signavio, adopting a culture of BPM permeates not only our business processes and decisions, but our entire team’s way of life. On a weekly basis, small groups of Signavio employees meet for group running sessions, strength building and yoga classes.

Preparing yourself for a long term goal goes beyond motivation or a spur of the moment desire to be fit, it takes dedication and planning and most of all, a consistent approach. At Signavio, adopting a culture of continuous improvement not only within our organization, but in every aspect of our lives means carving out time throughout our busy week for long runs and waking up at 6 am sometimes in the freezing Berlin winter to get the kilometers in before work.

The Berlin half marathon 2017

On Sunday the 2 April, a considerable group of Signavians from all over the world and with various motivations and goals, joined together to run the Berlin Half Marathon. This 21 km (13.1 mile) route took us through the sunny streets of the city where it all began; under the Brandenburg Gate, past the Siegessäule, round by Potsdamer Platz, culminating in the east of the city, not far from the Fernsehturm. As we joined together to congratulate each other with celebratory beers afterwards, we were all aware that behind this endorphin-induced bliss was weeks and months of preparation.

Hard work pays off

At the end of the quarter we will join together again and celebrate another kind of achievement, our successes as a Business Transformation leader. And yet the sentiment will be much the same, a sense of mutual joy and an awareness of the work it took to get us here… and a champagne toast, of course.

Your body has a current state and most likely you, as an ambitious and driven individual, have a desired future state for it too – for your mind, for your fitness level, and for your ability to perform consistently and happily under the circumstances life throws at you. You are no different from the organization in which you work. It too has a current state and a future state and you want it to run optimally, to function in a streamlined and resilient way, and to perform consistently when changes in the market threaten to throw it off track.

The secret: nothing worth having comes without effort

Herein lies the secret that our Berlin Half Marathon finishers have come to understand, that nothing worth having comes without effort, and that consistency is a culture that must be implemented and retained. There is magic in the misery and there are massive rewards to be reaped from the hard work. When it comes to athletic abilities, this is a process you must implement independently. But when it comes to your business, you have Signavio. Our Business Transformation Platform is here to make sure that your company is always ready to jump over the next hurdle and to outrun the competition. Let us show you what you can achieve when you adopt BPM as a culture.

Published on: April 3rd 2017 - Last modified: February 19th, 2018
Topics: Signavio