So, yesterday, on The Survival Mom’s blog, she had a post on “What SurvivalMom Can Learn from Starbucks” about survival or prepping.  I read it with interest, because I try to think outside the box when it comes to my prepping and other areas in my life.  It helps me to justify what I am doing as well as streamline my own processes.  Which brings me to my point.  This is what I wrote as a comment:

Starbucks subscribes to much of the same methodology that made McDonald’s successful. That methodology is “process.” The same process is used to fulfill your order every time, just like a Big Mac at McDonald’s. A “Grande Cafe Mocha with skim milk, and no whip” is made the same every time by each employee. Rather, no employee makes it differently than any other employee. It is exactly the same. The lesson, is that process works. It streamlines the tasks so you get the desired consistent result every time.

To my point, If everyone in your family is of the same mind set, and you have laid out plans for home evacuation, canning, storing food and supplies, this all goes to process. If everyone knows the right way to do it, every time, it is streamlined, and there will be no questions as to how to get things done, or where items in your prepped inventory are located.

In addition to this, to me, Starbucks, McDonald’s, and frankly 90% of any franchises you might think of purchasing or walking into as a customer, are built on process.  The process is pretty cookie cutter for most, giving everyone a process so that works the first time, and giving them a clear indication of what needs to be done to accomplish their goals.

If you are going to prep, and do it consistently, you need to have a plan (we all preach planning), and the plan can evolve into a process.  So, as a simplified example, if you rotate your food storage, this is a process.  If you standardize on the process, then every week you go to the grocery store and replace what you have consumed, helping to keep you prepped.  The same rules can be applied to bugging in or bugging out.  For instance, if the power goes out in the house one night, one person is designated to get the flashlights, and another gets the hurricane lanterns, and the other may start up the generator.  The same people have the same job over and over, making it a process.

The military runs on process.  Chain of command is process driven, as are tasks.

Process will allow you to delegate responsibility without having to delegate in the time of crisis, and everything may run a little smoother.

Michael Gerber has written a book called “The E-Myth,” which discusses process in your own business.  I read this book years ago, and have re-read it several times.  I honestly think could also be applied to prepping and survivalism if you think outside the box and apply the concepts to your preparations for a man made or natural crisis.

Thanks to The Survival Mom for kicking me in the side of the head with her post and jogging my memory about process.

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