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Why Your Business Needs to be Agile Not Only During a Crisis

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If your business can move quickly and change fast you will be able to survive a crisis. I’ve done it myself over at Inspire To Thrive with training courses online now and watched a few other local businesses do it very well.

But unfortunately other businesses have not been agile to survive this pandemic crisis.

Business needs to be agile

I wanted to share these tips to help your business survive a crisis now and in the future.

Be Willing to Make Changes Fast

One example I have is a local greenhouse with small food items and locally grown produce. I have frequented them over the years and watched them change from time to time each year.

In the Fall they do great Halloween events and fun things for the kids to do. The cars are lined up for miles to get in. Last September, I took my granddaughter to a fair there. She got to go on rides and pet the farm animals.

My granddaughter on the ride to pick pumpkins and sunflowers last September at Confreda.

We picked out sunflowers and pumpkins for Halloween decorating. It was a hot day in September and the place was packed with people as we left around mid-day.

That’s a great example above on how a smaller sized business can change with the times.

Another Fabulous Agile Business Example

I remember as a kid, a local market that we used to go to after church on Sunday’s called Roch’s Fruit and Vegetables. Years later they built a grocery store and expanded into the Rhode Island area.

Since those early days they began selling fresh fruit baskets and food online.

When this crisis hit, they completely revamped once again. I used their food delivery service last week and was blown away by their customer support and delivery.

Roch’s has since have been going crazy as the state included them in their special services during this pandemic.

What Happens When You Are Not Agile in a Crisis

A bad example is the old Ann and Hope Department store. They were around before Walmart. Sam Walton came to Rhode Island to learn how Ann and Hope did what they did in their hay days of retailing. (Back in the 1950s.)

Over the years this store changed to the Bath and Curtain Outlet. I loved the store and the Garden Center next door. But I was sad to learn this store did not change quick enough for the crisis. My father in law asked me yesterday about going there for plants and I wondered if they were still open. I found this answer on their website:

It will be interesting to see if the Curtain Bath Outlet and Garden Center will find a way to evolve through this pandemic crisis. Stay tuned!

Be Ready to Change as Your Business Needs to be Agile

What does it mean to be ready to change? Learn the latest technologies so you can go from teaching a class in person to teaching with a webinar like I have done. I would have lost a lot of business if I had not done that.

Other businesses may need to get their websites ready for an influx of orders when the market demands it.

Have extra people you can turn to, to make these things happen quickly for you and your business.

Others may need to have themselves and employees work from home. Is everyone set up for that? If not, why not and when?

Have extra people you can turn to, to make these things happen quickly for you and your business. #biztips Click To Tweet

Keep on Learning New Things for Your Business Evolve

There is always something new coming up. Things, people, processes and technology change every day. Be ready to be part of that change quickly.

Recently I taught an 87 year old man how to do a webinar. I’ve taught others in the 70’s how to Zoom and FaceTime.

The more I learn the more I realize I need to learn, it’s a vicious never- ending cycle. But that’s how you can keep your business moving forward, sideways or upside down if you need during a crisis. That’s why your business needs to be agile today more than ever.

But that's how you can keep your business moving forward, sideways or upside down if you need during a crisis. #biztips Click To Tweet

Changes Happen Even if There Are No Crises

It’s not only during a crisis that businesses change. I saw that back in the newspaper industry. The industry could not keep up with what was happening online. They are still struggling today with that in a crisis.

Don’t let that happen to your business. Look forward, plan ahead, keep on learning. You never know when the next crisis will hit and what it can do to your business.

Look forward, plan ahead, keep on learning. You never know when the next crisis will hit and what it can do to your business. #biztips Click To Tweet

What are you doing today to help your business needs to be agile? How are you doing with crisis and keeping up with things as they change and evolve? I’d love to know in the comments below.

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Lisa
 

Lisa Sicard has been running Inspire To Thrive for over 8 years. She helps companies manage their social media as well as providing training and consultations. She has over 25 years in digital marketing experience.

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Martin Lindeskog - April 16, 2020

Lisa: Could you get a bagel at Boar’s Head? I think I recognize the name from Troy, Ohio. It was one of first experiences of great customer service, that I haven’t been used to from Scandinavia. 😉

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    Lisa - April 24, 2020

    That’s a good question Martin 🙂 I will have to check your quote out on that one. Thanks for coming by here Martin and have a great day. Stay healthy and be safe.

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