Philip Ward’s Blog
Crisis is inevitable, especially for rising businesses. Eventually, some communication mix-ups will occur; important projects will fall apart, colleagues will clash, details will be missed, and company missteps will blare across social media platforms. In situations like these, it’s easy for CEOs and team leaders to fall into a panic and begin rushing about attempting to solve the issue – only to find that their mad attempts to patch problems has made them significantly worse.
Needless to say, crisis management can make or tank a business. Successful entrepreneurs must fight the urge to panic and keep a cool head in order to guide their company through troubling times. A few strategies for handling unforeseen company meltdowns are listed below.
Admit it, you’ve fallen asleep during meetings before. It’s embarrassingly easy to do, especially when the room is just a little too warm and the presenter a tad too boring. You find your eyes fluttering and your head nodding down and then – you realize that you somehow missed the last five slides and need to come up with something intelligent to say so that your boss doesn’t realize you weren’t paying attention to his lecture. We’re all guilty of periodic inattention; but is that a problem with us as employees, or with the way we run our meetings?
We all have unproductive hours, mornings, or days; a glum day can bog you down long periods of pointless procrastination. But for entrepreneurs who need to work frantically in order to keep up with heavy workloads, these unproductive hours pose painful setbacks to a business’s forward momentum. Don’t get stuck in office purgatory – adopt one or more of these handy morning tips to set yourself up for success!
As an entrepreneur myself, I understand the push to achieve; during the first few months or even years of launching a business, it can seem impossible to step out of the office for more than an hour, let alone for a few days. However, I firmly believe that leaving the office for a vacation now and again is a necessity rather than a luxury, and that doing so will actually improve an entrepreneur’s performance.
Success isn’t a one-shot game – it may seem counterintuitive, but failure is a necessary part of the business process. Without setbacks, entrepreneurs are unable to learn which approaches work, and which are better left unpracticed.
Despite the risks, I wouldn’t trade being an entrepreneur for all the job security in the world – and if you have spirit enough to build your own business, neither should you.