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The Secret to Chick-Fil-A's Lightning-Fast Drive-Thru: Systems and Simplification

The Secret to Chick-Fil-A's Lightning-Fast Drive-Thru: Systems and Simplification

June 25, 20242 min read

The Secret to Chick-Fil-A's Lightning-Fast Drive-Thru: Systems and Simplification

I go to Chick-Fil-A for lunch pretty much every Tuesday before my podcast. Every time, I'm amazed at how fast they manage to handle the drive-thru. How do they do it so quickly?

The Power of Systems and Simplification

Chick-Fil-A's speed boils down to systems and simplification. It's remarkable how efficiently they serve so many people in such a short period. Their process is incredibly straightforward. They don't offer a vast menu—it's just chicken. No burgers, no onion rings, no gyros. Super simple. They're not trying to be the Cheesecake Factory of the world. They focus on a few items and do them very well. The food is always consistent.

Lessons for Your Business

Simplify Your Product Offering

If you want to scale, you can't offer a ton of different options. Simplify your product line. For example, use consistent designs and a few specialty features to create impressive results without chaos.

The Chick-Fil-A Process

During busy hours, multiple team members meet vehicles, eliminating the common bottleneck of waiting in line. They take orders, confirm them, and process payments before the car even reaches the window. A separate team delivers the food, meeting cars again to streamline the process. It's a well-oiled machine!

Applying These Lessons: A Personal Anecdote

Recently, I was adding lights to my backyard, teaching my 11-year-old son how to use the Lighting Shrink connections. I showed him how to use the crimp tool, strip wire, and handle the torch. At one point, he struggled to hold the torch and the connections simultaneously. I realized I had failed to tell him to put down the torch first. This moment reminded me of the importance of clear, simple instructions.

Building Effective Systems and Processes

When creating systems and processes, ensure they are crystal clear. Make them so simple that even a child can follow them. Don't assume everyone knows what you know. Missing a simple step like "put down the torch" can cause frustration, mistakes, or even injuries. Your business will never outgrow your leadership. How good are you at leading and teaching?

Leadership and System Improvement

If you constantly blame others for not understanding, it's time to improve your systems. Start by revising your SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) to include every necessary step. Test them by having someone follow the steps without assistance. If they struggle, simplify further.

The Chick-Fil-A drive-thru, managed by teenagers, showcases the power of clear, efficient systems. Next time you feel frustrated with a team member, examine the system. It's likely not them; it's the system—your system.

Conclusion

Take one step at a time to refine your processes. Don't worry about perfecting your entire company's SOPs in a day. Start with one and keep building. Simplify, clarify, and lead effectively to achieve remarkable results.

-Ryan Lee


# business systems, process simplification, leadership, standard operating procedures, SOP, customer service, productivity tips #

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Ryan Lee

Ryan Lee has started and grew a multi-million dollar landscape lighting company in Fort Worth, TX. In 2019 he sold his lighting business and founded the world's only coaching program dedicated to helping other grow their landscape lighting business. He is an expert at helping lighting contractors double their profits by helping them increase their number of qualified leads, close more deals, and increase their price. If you're interested in growing your landscape lighting business or want help adding a lighting division to your business, then reach out and request a free strategy session today.

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The Secret to Chick-Fil-A's Lightning-Fast Drive-Thru: Systems and Simplification

The Secret to Chick-Fil-A's Lightning-Fast Drive-Thru: Systems and Simplification

June 25, 20242 min read

The Secret to Chick-Fil-A's Lightning-Fast Drive-Thru: Systems and Simplification

I go to Chick-Fil-A for lunch pretty much every Tuesday before my podcast. Every time, I'm amazed at how fast they manage to handle the drive-thru. How do they do it so quickly?

The Power of Systems and Simplification

Chick-Fil-A's speed boils down to systems and simplification. It's remarkable how efficiently they serve so many people in such a short period. Their process is incredibly straightforward. They don't offer a vast menu—it's just chicken. No burgers, no onion rings, no gyros. Super simple. They're not trying to be the Cheesecake Factory of the world. They focus on a few items and do them very well. The food is always consistent.

Lessons for Your Business

Simplify Your Product Offering

If you want to scale, you can't offer a ton of different options. Simplify your product line. For example, use consistent designs and a few specialty features to create impressive results without chaos.

The Chick-Fil-A Process

During busy hours, multiple team members meet vehicles, eliminating the common bottleneck of waiting in line. They take orders, confirm them, and process payments before the car even reaches the window. A separate team delivers the food, meeting cars again to streamline the process. It's a well-oiled machine!

Applying These Lessons: A Personal Anecdote

Recently, I was adding lights to my backyard, teaching my 11-year-old son how to use the Lighting Shrink connections. I showed him how to use the crimp tool, strip wire, and handle the torch. At one point, he struggled to hold the torch and the connections simultaneously. I realized I had failed to tell him to put down the torch first. This moment reminded me of the importance of clear, simple instructions.

Building Effective Systems and Processes

When creating systems and processes, ensure they are crystal clear. Make them so simple that even a child can follow them. Don't assume everyone knows what you know. Missing a simple step like "put down the torch" can cause frustration, mistakes, or even injuries. Your business will never outgrow your leadership. How good are you at leading and teaching?

Leadership and System Improvement

If you constantly blame others for not understanding, it's time to improve your systems. Start by revising your SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) to include every necessary step. Test them by having someone follow the steps without assistance. If they struggle, simplify further.

The Chick-Fil-A drive-thru, managed by teenagers, showcases the power of clear, efficient systems. Next time you feel frustrated with a team member, examine the system. It's likely not them; it's the system—your system.

Conclusion

Take one step at a time to refine your processes. Don't worry about perfecting your entire company's SOPs in a day. Start with one and keep building. Simplify, clarify, and lead effectively to achieve remarkable results.

-Ryan Lee


# business systems, process simplification, leadership, standard operating procedures, SOP, customer service, productivity tips #

blog author image

Ryan Lee

Ryan Lee has started and grew a multi-million dollar landscape lighting company in Fort Worth, TX. In 2019 he sold his lighting business and founded the world's only coaching program dedicated to helping other grow their landscape lighting business. He is an expert at helping lighting contractors double their profits by helping them increase their number of qualified leads, close more deals, and increase their price. If you're interested in growing your landscape lighting business or want help adding a lighting division to your business, then reach out and request a free strategy session today.

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