A Good Scout is Always Prepared!
If we've learned anything over the last couple months, it's that anything can happen in business, and the key to moving forward successfully is to be prepared. Put on your cub scouts hat and necktie - we're digging in deep.
For those of you following this site, you'll notice that this block has come out later than scheduled. While we would like to say we did this on purpose as a marketing strategy, it just wouldn't be true. Rather, the delay was a direct result of an internal disruption for which we weren't prepared, and which affected our timelines. And as any good scout knows, sometimes you need to get back to basics and reevaluate your processes to make sure your survival kit is ready for any unforeseen circumstances.
Disruptions in business can stem from a number of different sources: overstretched budgets, insufficient planning, client delays, and more often than not, resistance to change. Change happens!
The message we want to get across is that change is NOT bad. Change means growth. We've found there are basically 5 key steps (we call them the ABCDEs) to turning a tough situation into a beneficial one:
Analyze. Take a step back, and look at what has happened and why.
Brainstorm. Talk about what can be done different, and the tools required.
Collaborate. Work with your team to implement the ideas and tools.
Document. Track what you're doing so that it's clear to all involved.
Execute. Put your new ideas and tools into motion.
The key is to be PRO-Active rather than RE-Active and we are doing this by continually searching out new ways to improve your business and the processes we use. Does a good scout wait until he's trapped in the woods to learn how to build a proper fire? Obviously not, that's dangerous thinking. A well-equipped survival kit and a detailed plan ensure that the scout is ready for any situation. In future blocks, we will be sharing the tools we have in our survival kit and show you how they can help streamline the processes you use in your own business.