Almost every business owner out there deals with a desperate situation from time to time. The sales are slowing down, the team has lost their flair, and the profits are dwindling by the second. When scenarios like this arise, it's hard to "stay the course" and have the right approach. However, without it you will surely fail.
Do you lead your life in desperation? Well, most people don't because they want to know what lies ahead. When a desperate measure is taken, the process isn't organized, strategically developed, and leaves the door open for several flaws. Take a look at some of the areas you could overlook:
#1 Short-Term or Long-Term
The idea that was created by you or a staff member either has a short-term or long-term result. Spend the time analyzing the pros and cons to this, because if you're wrong, it could end up making things worse. Short-term goals might get something on paper, but it won't provide the company with repeat business. If you aren't sure whether you can accomplish these goals, consider passing on it all together.
#2 Is it Proven?
Most ideas have been tested for long periods of time before they ever reach the open market. This alleviates a lot of headaches in the future, so make sure the idea has been tested. It doesn't matter how promising the initial layout looks, without any proven results or tested measures, it ends up being "just an idea."
#3 Go back to the Basics
Yes, all companies go back to the basics at some point. It's possible yours will need to do the same thing. When you do this, it's a good idea to look over the structure of your sales formula. Are there things you can take from it that have been misplaced over the years? It might sound funny, but the smallest piece that is missing could change everything.
During this time, all the "faults" will be noticeable as well. Role-playing with the sales team is a great way to find them. There are a lot of sales people out there who tend to parrot a lot of your teachings when they're on their own. If the difference is clear and their numbers are down, it's time to go back to the drawing board.
Holding everyone accountable is important, which means each area should be addressed appropriately. In the end, settling for a desperate measure only brings short-term benefits. When they're over, you will still be looking to solve all the other issues that weren't focused on at all.
Seriously, you're not going to be happy about the result, so give up the fast acting methods and go back to the foundation you built your business on in the beginning.