What is requisite order

What is requisite order

The word “requisite” means necessary or needed. The Oxford Dictionary’s definition is “required by the nature of things.” So requisite implies that what is right or needed arises from what you are doing. Here are two examples. Starting with something simple, when I get dressed in the morning I put my socks on before my shoes. That’s because I learned early that this is the only way it works. Putting on my shoes first wouldn’t get the job done. Now I have a habit of putting my socks on first and it is ingrained in me.

A slightly more complex example would be making a grocery list before I go to the store. Why do I do this? I have learned through trial and error that if I don’t make that list two bad things will happen. First I will forget to buy some important ingredients for that night’s dinner which means I’ll have to make another – unnecessary – trip to the store. Second I will buy things I don’t need which means I have to deal with things in the house that I don’t really want there. In addition to making my list I always put it in the same order – fresh produce first, dairy products second, and so on – according to my path through the store. I have learned that this process saves me a lot of time.

We can apply these examples to our business. In all our work processes there is a correct way to do things which I’m calling the requisite order. It is not necessarily the only way to do something, but it represents a pattern that produces good results in an efficient way time after time.

–barney

 
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