Watching another year close and knowing full well that time is precious, overwhelmingly it looks like 2016 has been a year of change for many people and their businesses.
Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, is quoted as saying “change is the only constant in life.”
So how we deal with change, whether unexpected or anticipated will affect how well manage our businesses and feelings about the change.
Whether (as in my case) it’s the highs of happily seeing 2 friends have surprise weddings this month or to the lows being concerned about friends illnesses, all of these events shape our lives and how we deal with them become important especially if you are running or managing a business.
The unexpected events can run you off track & it is vital to factor in “unexpected events” in case you need to take a step back from your business.
Think to yourself, what can you do now to plan for something unexpected?
Two real life examples: (kept deliberately vague to keep anonymity)
- A lovely local lady has a busy practice in her field. She got a diagnosis of secondary cancer initially and then the doctors found the source. She is also the carer of her elderly father. Nothing like this had happened in her family before and of course they were in shock. She was primarily a soloist who had an occasional staff member come and do the routine work for her.
Her medical treatment meant a meaningful stay in hospital and rest at home.
Her work is specialised and therefore she still needed to do work from hospital. Also who would look after her father?
- Another local has set up a business specialising in her medical service with her husband.
The new business premises meant they have to market & advertise a lot to get their service known in the area. The business is her dream and her qualified profession that she loves. The marriage goes belly up and the husband takes off overseas, trying to take the business and bank accounts with him. Much time is spent with solicitors and the business still has to stay open to pay the bills.
Life’s unexpected “surprises” can be happy or sad and whether it is health, relationships (as above), death or any of the myriad of events they can throw you off your game.
It is important to build up a Plan C to be the safety net when things go wrong.
Whether it is finding a temp staff member or friend who can step in at a moment’s notice, outsourcing temporarily to take the pressure off, making an agreement with another friendly competitor to look after things whilst the turmoil plays out, the most important thing is that you start thinking about a Plan C.
They are unexpected because we don’t know what they are, and as sure as the sun rises each day something unexpected will happen and it too shall pass but make sure you have that idea for a Plan C quietly tucked away just in case.
Have you thought of a Plan C yet and if so, would you be willing to share so we can all share ideas?