Friday, September 30, 2011

Tongue in cheek: Melt into your changing business ecosystem... or prepare for extinction.

Guess what. Here comes another potential disruption to ruin your rock-solid business model. And your day.

Sure, you had a good thing going. A unique skill set. Quality merchandise. A loyal customer base. You chipped away day after day to grow your business. You left no stone unturned. You left no loose ends untied. It was great while it lasted. But now this.

So, is this new thing a passing fad or a real long-term trend? Is it the next hot must-have product, or just the flavor of the month? It's not always easy to tell.

One thing is certain: it's vital that you be honest with yourself and prepare to change. Prepare to adjust. And prepare to retrain. There's no use living in the past.

Extinction doesn't sound like much fun, so if there's a window of opportunity for the future of your business, take it, or your company might be history. Please remember: the future isn't written in stone. And for all you know, this might be a golden opportunity. Roll the tape:

Can you teach an old dog new chips?
The great Mitchell & Webb

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