You know if you’ve been in business for any period of time, you probably feel like sometimes you’re having a game of Whac-A-Mole. A problem pops up, you knock it down; another problem pops up and you knock that down. This can be a normal phenomenon but how do we deal with this? How do we make this game a little less unsettling and how do we make it a little more rewarding?
First, we want to understand that this is part of the normal process. There’s going to be times when you want to be chasing problems. Problems are going to crop up and you’re going to fix problems. It’s a natural evolution of problems. You want to see where the problems are coming from. Are the problems coming from expansion or are they coming from operational issues? If your Whac-A-Mole issues are coming up from expansion, if problems are cropping up because your business is getting larger and larger and you’re growing into a new footprint, then you’re probably not as concerned. If your Whac-A-Mole issues, these repeated problems are coming up again and again because you aren’t controlling your operations or you don’t have sufficient procedures in place, then you want to start addressing the procedures.
Assuming that we have the better type of Whac-A-Mole issues, the issues that are coming up because the business is expanding and new problems are presenting themselves and new opportunities are coming along, how do we avoid these issues? It comes back to planning. We talk in The 3 Laws of Empowerment, about making plans that work and this is key, but how do you make plans that work in expanding business?
You’re going into uncharted territory. This is where we use the help of others. Experienced people who’ve been there before, business coaches, other business owners that might be sitting on your advisory or formal board of directors, outside consultants, a number of people can help you anticipate issues before they happen. They can lend you the processes and procedures. They can help your business expand smoothly. This is what you want to do to avoid some of the Whac-A-Mole issues. You want to get ahead of the problems before they become problems. Really address them. Make sure you’re on the right path. Get ahead of problems.
Planning is key in this area, just as in so many other areas. What’s been your experience with business? Have you felt like you’ve been fighting through Whac-A-Mole? How will you make your business better? Join us in the comments below.
Note: Whac-A-Mole is a popular arcade redemption game invented in 1976 by Aaron Fechter of Creative Engineering, Inc.
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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.