Capacity Building Activities For All Businesses

The first principle of my blog is Creating Ecosystems of Success, and two of its key focuses are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. Capacity building helps increase the efficiency of businesses and organizations. This contributed post is thus entitled, Capacity Building Activities For All Businesses.

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Capacity building helps people and organizations to overcome the obstacles that inhibit them from realizing their business development goals. It is an extremely effective way of developing new managerial skills and supporting employees over the long term. In this post, we will take a look at some of the best capacity building activities that your business needs to try.

Improving access to information and training resources: Leadership and management are not innate skills; they are skills that need to be learned and perfected over time. Providing individuals, who are either in management positions or aiming for roles within management, with access to resources will aid them to improve their leadership skills. Effective leaders empower the rest of the workplace and in doing so increase productivity. Provide access to libraries, textbooks, manuals, online material, training courses and such like. Relevant publications can improve leadership qualities and provide you with greater insight into your niche.

Encouraging open communication: One of the reasons that businesses fail to grow is because there is no communication between departments, employees, management or any combination of these sectors. Communication needs to be more than one person talking and expecting others to listen. It is by its very nature a two-way process.

Collaborative working with HR: Working closely with HR will strengthen your business processes. Working together to create an effective business development strategy is extremely beneficial, especially in relation to training. Successful companies are those that have the right people in the right roles, and that source and provide the right training to support individuals within their roles. The process starts with knowing your employees, their strengths and the areas in which they need support. HR development is one of the most crucial forms of capacity building, and thus reassessing employee roles, training, and support, is a great place to start.

Seek outside assistance: Business coaching such as that offered by James Ray and leadership consultancy firms can provide you with the assistance you require to build capacity effectively. From changing processes, to coaching personnel, to implementing new organizational structures, there are many ways to achieve this, and they will determine the most effective approach for your business.

Coordinating alliances: Finally, becoming a market leader, and staying ahead of others in your market sector, does not mean you have to do it alone. Reaching out to other businesses of a similar size or set-up can benefit both parties. An open discussion of working practices, training programs, and even marketing campaigns, can help you to see areas for improvement that were not obvious before.

This merely scratches the surface of the different types of activities that can increase capacity at your business, with more examples including staffing selection and development, strategic planning, team building, harvesting networking opportunities and much more. However, if you want to start building capacity today, the five points that have been mentioned provide a great place to begin.

How to Increase the Capacity of Your Business for Growth

Two of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. In any business enterprise, especially those that are younger and still growing, it’s critical to understand how to most efficiently increase its capacity. The following contributed post is thus entitled, How to Increase the Capacity of Your Business for Growth.

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If you are looking for a way to grow your business, chances are that you will have to invest time and money in redesigning the systems. The good news is that there are several cost-effective approaches that will allow you to measure your return on investment and help you achieve your goals no matter where you are looking for development areas. From staffing to reducing waiting times, there must be several rooms for improvement. Find out more below.


If you simply cannot do everything alone, and your order volumes have increased, you will need to make a decision to use other people’s time and skills. In case you are not yet ready to employ people full time, or don’t have the office or workshop space to accommodate employees, you might decide to outsource and increase your capacity this way without having to make permanent investments.


If you are dealing with complicated processes and services, it might be time to simplify some of them, so you can see the system working and get a snapshot of where your projects are heading and what the holdup is. You can utilize some advanced project management systems, as well as a CRM system that will save you time on keeping an eye on your leads and your customers.


There are several things you can automate in your business without having to opt for employing people or outsourcing. If your bookkeeping takes you a lot of time, you can get an app that will do all the jobs for you, and you can spend time on what really matters in your business. You can also automate communication and follow ups, so you don’t have to call every client back to see if they are happy.

Focus on Productivity

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One of the main reasons for business failure is low productivity. If you are running your one-man band, you need to make sure that you can pay yourself a decent salary and still have funds to grow your business. There are several ways you can improve your productivity, such as increasing your delivery capacity or reducing your turnaround times. If you own a warehouse, for example, you simply changing your Casters can make a huge difference in your business output.

Time Management and Bottlenecks

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One of the main reasons why companies are unable to progress to the next stage is the lack of workflow management. If you are not familiar with lean organizations, it might be time to take on a course or employ an advisor. Chances are that there are some bottlenecks in your workflow processes that hold you back from improving your productivity and your profitability. Identifying your bottlenecks will help you improve your business long term.

There are several reasons companies stagnate in their growth and cannot move on to the next step. You will need to identify what is holding you back from progress and improving your productivity and capacity. Growing your business is challenging, and you might need professional advice to avoid the most common pitfalls.