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Dr. Basil Springer
“Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” – Ephesians 5:15-16

Over the years I have seen firsthand how the tides of change have impacted the sustainability and resilience of a business.

Sustainable business development is a strategy that satisfies the needs of organizations while maintaining ecological balance, employee well-being, and community welfare. The concept involves conducting a business that contributes more to the economy, environment and society than it takes from these areas.

Resilience describes an organization’s ability to respond and adapt quickly to disruptions or significant, unplanned changes that could threaten its operations, people, assets, brand or reputation.

The mantra I have lived by, both in steering my own career and in guiding young entrepreneurs, is that the essence of business success often boils down to the happiness of its stakeholders.

The stakeholders of a business are (1) designers of the products and services that will give value to customers and which must not fall short of excellence at all times; (2) clients whose needs must be satisfied at every step of the way; (3) service deliverers whose relationship with the business must be mutually fulfilled at all times; and (4) shareholders who expect and are owed a satisfactory return on investment.

Let me share how this philosophy has not only shaped businesses but has also been a pivotal factor in their growth and profitability.

Understanding Productivity and Efficiency – Productivity, in its essence, is the rate at which goods or services are produced, especially in relation to the labor, materials and time used. Efficiency, on the other hand, refers to achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense. In my journey, I’ve observed that businesses that master the art of being both productive and efficient tend to not only survive but also thrive, scaling new heights in profitability.

The Direct Path to Increased Profitability – The most straightforward impact of heightened productivity and efficiency on profitability is the reduction in costs. When a business is able to do more with less, it naturally reduces its operational costs, increasing its profit margin. In the Caribbean, where resources can sometimes be limited, this principle is golden. I’ve advised countless startups on streamlining their operations, focusing on their core competencies, and leveraging technology to enhance productivity. These measures have often led to a noticeable improvement in their bottom lines.

Enhancing Competitive Advantage – Productivity and efficiency also contribute to a firm’s competitive edge. A business that operates like a well-oiled machine not only delivers value to its customers faster but also can often do so at a lower cost and with higher quality. This advantage becomes a unique selling proposition, attracting more customers and capturing a larger market share, which, in turn, drives profitability. In the fast-paced markets of the Caribbean, being able to quickly respond to market demands is a critical factor in maintaining relevance and profitability.

Fostering Innovation, Disruption and Growth – An often overlooked aspect of productivity and efficiency is their role in fostering innovation. When businesses focus on streamlining their processes, they are forced to think creatively, innovate and disrupt. This innovation not only leads to better products and services but also opens up new revenue streams. Think laterally and disrupt. For instance, by automating routine tasks, a business can free up its employees to focus on more strategic, value-added activities, leading to growth in both the scope of operations and profitability.

Sustainable Business Practices – Finally, productivity and efficiency are at the heart of sustainable and resilient business practices. By maximizing resource utilization and minimizing waste, businesses not only contribute to environmental preservation but also ensure their long-term viability and profitability. In the Caribbean, where the beauty of our natural environment is a key asset, sustainable practices also enhance brand image and loyalty among consumers, further contributing to profitability.Let us implement change today. The possibilities for growth and profitability are boundless.
(Dr. Basil Springer GCM is a Change-Engine Consultant. His email address is [email protected]. His columns may be found at and on
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