In business, you have to focus on the things you can control.
In part because your business will always be open to things that you can’t control.
Those sudden surprises, whether good or bad.
There are things happening outside your business that may have nothing at all to do with you, but will still force a change.
Let’s start with the obvious one: a global pandemic.
But let’s move on quickly from that.
The market may trend in a new direction.
A major supplier might have an operational change that affects your relationship.
Clients might be turning elsewhere or adopting new habits.
New laws, incentives, or offers could affect the market conditions you were used to.
All sorts of things may happen outside your business that will mean business or normal will no longer work.
As much as you plan and review, surprises happen in your business too.
You may lose a key employee tomorrow, due to a circumstance that has nothing to do with work at all.
You may suddenly encounter an ideal new employee, who you weren’t planning hiring but you don’t want to miss this opportunity.
An accident or coincidence in your process might reveal a new opportunity that you had not predicted.
Circumstance and opportunity can both prop up sudden change that you have to either respond to or want to make the most of.
Use structure to handle surprise
The more established your mission and pillars are, the easier it will be to adapt to these surprises.
Answering your so what and building your three pillars gives you the starting point for managing all change.
Those factors are your non-negotiables, and any decisions you make must respect the guiding principles set in place for your business.
Drop me a line and let’s talk about how your business stays on course to achieve success.