“Rise to the Challenge; Do Not Run From It”

In business, strategy is everything.  That being said, this does not remove certain challenges that impact our operations.  Some may be rooted in the economy while others may be tied to circumstances of a regulatory nature.

Regardless of the why, the discerning entrepreneur rises to whatever problem or challenges surface.

A wonderful example might be something that affects care businesses when national and state economies are strong.  That is recruiting and maintaining quality employees.  Some of this is simply tied to the vast number of options prospective employees have.  For some this makes recruitment tough and for others, it makes retention tough since some are more prone to quit instead of allowing themselves to be developed.

This applies in home care, assisted living, hospitals and other business models.  How do we stay afloat amidst such a threat?  The number one strategy is to examine the specific reasons the challenge exists and then work to manage that reason.

For example, in the care business, it may be that you have to allow the profit margins to take at least a slight hit which allows you to pay staff more than your closest competitors.

It might also mean you have to seek the kind of cases that are more profitable.  In other arenas, a management team might add incentives from low priced leased vehicles to an extra vacation or sick day to compensated training.

Bottom-line is you have to face it before giving any thought to throwing in the towel.  Under normal circumstances, quitting is not on the agenda of the progressive entrepreneur, but identifying solutions and executing them are on the agenda of every committed winner!

So have a seat, examine the challenge and press forward.  In the end you will surely find life and business are better when you face it head-on!

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Another Blog Post from the minds of Direct Care Training & Resource Center, Inc. and its Chief Executive, Bruce W. McCollum.  Join us for a monthly podcast, Direct Care Training & Resource Center on ITunes.


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