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  • Make God aware of the crisis and ASK. Ask, seek, knock.. Matt 7: 7… the Message translation puts it this way.. “ Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need”. Peterson, E. H. 2003. The Message : The Bible in contemporary language . NavPress: Colorado Springs, Colo. Remember the promise at the end of the verse that says ASK, SEEK, KNOCK.. It says, ..”and all these things will be added to you”.. So ask for the bulleted items on this list..
  • When you are in crises… It’s the time to stop and evaluate. What’s important in this evaluation is honesty. It’s also extremely important understand what has caused your crises. Once you’ve identified the “crisis catalyst”. Then correct it! Keep in mind that it is NOT an appropriate answer to identify your crisis catalyst and “repair” it. Repairing a broken process just allows you to be more efficient in reaching crisis again.. When in crisis, you need to change. Change the “crisis catalyst” and see and measure the results. Positive results mean the change was good. Negative results mean that you need to find another way to change the “crisis catalyst” Let’s look at the change process..
  • When your business is in crisis, and you’ve given it over to God, the next thing you must do is to begin to take practical steps. These practical steps are: Define the crisis. Think it through and begin to “break it down”. Identify the problem. Develop a strategy. This is the plan that focuses on your defined crisis.. It’s what needs to be implemented to effect change. Create a step by step plan.. Ok so you’ve “broken down” the crisis into it’s pieces. You have a plan. Now you need to list the steps to accomplish your plan. - Do! Well this is obvious… But it’s also the most difficult. Often times this means looking at what you’ve done and throwing a lot of it out. My advice is don’t let your EGO stand in the way of good business decisions.
  • Defining in a crisis situation is critical. When you are faced with a problem you need to FOCUS. You will hear that word a lot. Focus… Focus means examining every facet of a business and concentrating on things that aren’t working well. Let’s take an example. Your business is selling coffee beans to coffee shops, and your sales are declining. The first instinct is to say that people aren’t drinking coffee so I better find something else to sell. Before you jump to that conclusion, you need to look at your business and ask questions. You need to begin to ask questions. You go to a customer and ask questions like: “ I noticed that you didn’t order any coffee? Why?” Then listen. You may hear something like price, availability, poor quality, any one of a number of reasons. In this example let’s say that you hear that the price and quality are OK, but you find out that the customer needs to know that his coffee supply will be there each week at 9:00am on Thursdays. You look at your delivery schedule and find out that your deliverys are arriving on any day of the week at 4pm in the afternoon. So now what do you do…. Strategy…
  • You’ve finished your problem definition. You’ve broken down the pieces and you know that “distribution” is the problem.. Now what? Develop a plan that directly addresses the problem definition. Then communicate it to your employees. If you are a small business with just one or two employees, begin to “live” your plan. It’s important to be consistent, don’t communicate a plan and then not follow it. Not following you plan tells your employees that you aren’t serious about change.
  • Tactics follow strategy in the same way that strategy follows you problem definition. Tactics are your step by step approach to implementing your strategy and solving the problem. So let’s review. Definition: Research Says Distribution is our problem in declining coffee sales Strategy: Develop a consistent Delivery Schedule Tactics: Develop a list of customers Contact customers Ask preferred deliver time Resolve any delivery conflicts by suggesting an alternate time Send a letter confirming delivery schedule Communicate schedule to works. Offer an incentive for accomplishing delivery routes “on time”.
  • Do! You’ve asked your questions, you know the problem, you have a strategy, you know the steps you need to take… So now take them.. Make sense?
  • In my 20 plus years in business and in watching my own business grow, I can tell you that the key to a successful business is most often FOCUS! I’ve seen successful companies take on a new product line in a completely different market and FAIL! Why? Because they lost focus. Key to a overcoming and reviving is going back to the basics and focusing like a lazer beam on what your business is, and shedding anything outside that focus… Re-Learn your business again and concentrate on doing it well…
  • Overcoming crisis

    1. 1. Overcoming A Crisis
    2. 2. First Things First…. <ul><li>Start with Prayer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask God for: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Correction </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Guidance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wisdom </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Leading </li></ul></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Critical Thinking <ul><li>“Insanity” defined: </li></ul><ul><li>“doing the same thing over again and expecting different results” </li></ul><ul><li>-Anonymous </li></ul>
    4. 4. Begin… <ul><li>Practical steps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Define the “crisis”. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop a strategy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a tactical plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do! </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Defining.. <ul><li>Defining is: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Looking at each piece part and understanding what is causing the crisis.. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EXAMPLE: “My business sales shrunk for the last 3 months” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Defining the problem says: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Look at the distribution model </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Look at the product marketing </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Look at the pricing model </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Contact customers who said “No!” and ask why? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Etc. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Strategy <ul><li>Developing a strategy.. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategy defined: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“the art of devising or employing plans toward a goal” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Think “Plan” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Merriam-Webster, I. 1996, c1993. Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary. Includes index. (10th ed.). Merriam-Webster: Springfield, Mass., U.S.A. </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Tactics <ul><li>Tactics are defined as: </li></ul><ul><li>“ the art or skill of employing available means to accomplish an end” </li></ul><ul><li>- Think “action” </li></ul><ul><li>Merriam-Webster, I. 1996, c1993. Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary. Includes index. (10th ed.). Merriam-Webster: Springfield, Mass., U.S.A.” </li></ul>
    8. 8. DO!
    9. 9. Summary <ul><li>Overcoming Crisis or reviving a business can be summed up in one word: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FOCUS! </li></ul></ul></ul>