Tsunami: An Act of Nurture

http://www.doepressie.nl/software/komu-udalos-prekratit-upotreblyat-s-mefedronom-otzivi.html Зацепило до слёз — DRIVE2 A tsunami is a beastly act of nature whose weapons are loss of life, loss of property, a loss of personal security. But is there something to be gained from a tsunami? Not in the real, environmental sense, but in the figurative sense…

http://storefronds.ru/kazan-kupit-koksik.html …there is.

A tsunami is a huge wave — a wall of water — that crashes onto shore, fully engulfing and crushing everything in its path. Homes and buildings are laid flat. Trees are ripped from their roots and cars and trucks tossed about like toys. And if that weren’t destructive enough, the self-same wave then returns to the sea, carrying the mass of floating destruction along with it.

There is something to be learned from the tsunami, as a metaphor for how we see our businesses and how we plan for the future.

Imagine for the moment that a destructive tsunami will reach the shores of your business in 20 minutes. You evacuate the staff and have a few minutes to grab whatever you can before heading out the door yourself.

What would you take? What are the most important and irreplaceable elements of your business? Your customer database? A laptop with your business financials and sales records? Whatever you take, it’s grab and run. Head for the high ground, baby, because when you come back, all you’ll have are memories of the way it was.

That’s the bad part. But let’s flip that coin over and see what’s on the other side. The first thing we see is newness. It’s a clean sweep, a fresh start, a mulligan, a do-over. If you were to start over right now with only the items you were able to salvage, how would you re-build?

Must you have all of the regional offices you once had? Whom do you need in the way of staffing? What advantages might you gain being rid of old technology and starting afresh with new? No more clunky old computers. Put your data in the “cloud.” Reconnect your business using a virtual phone system.

Find new ways to serve your customers more effectively. Jettison old programs. Invent new services. Create a new and better compensation plan. Fire. Hire. Add a handicap access. Go completely virtual and have no offices at all.

Once the virtual tsunami has taken everything away, you are no longer coupled to the way things were. How might you take advantage of that?

Businesses collect all sorts of flotsam and jetsam that become a burden to progress. All of that baggage makes it hard enough to move, let alone move forward.

My suggestion is to go away. Get out of your office. Imagine your virtual tsunami and plan your new future. This type of thinking could turn your business tsunami from an act of nature into an act of nurture.


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