Challenges must be faced head on
April 18, 2012
When beginning and maintaining a small business, a bevy of challenges will present themselves on a daily basis. While this can be a stressful and worrisome time for both business leaders and regular employees alike, it is best for all involved to approach a problem with a level head and the knowledge that almost all obstacles can be overcome.
For obstacles of all kinds, from employee issues to snafus with finance software, instead of avoiding the problem or pushing it off until the last minute, the best and most effective solutions come when a leader analyzes the issue and brainstorms for fixes right away.
?Ask the important questions
Black Enterprise suggested that these key questions should be asked before approaching a problem by an administrator: Is this something that definitely needs to be fixed to help the business and its employees? Do I fully understand the problem and have I completely analyzed the possible solutions? What was my personal involvement in the problem and what can be learned from it?
The questions proposed by Black Enterprise allows small business owners to eliminate the emotional aspect of the issue at hand and can identify the factors that caused the problem, which can prevent similar events from occurring again.
Being inquisitive when a problem arises is one of the most important actions to take. Questions can get down to the root of a problem and spawn discussions on possible solutions. According to Business Know-How, asking extensive questions can often uncover other problems that may have contributed to the original blunder.
Business leaders must have certain attributes in order to figure out the best plan of action the company needs to take in order to rectify the problem, suggested Business Know-How. To solve problems, the source said, an obstacle must be approached in an analytical, open-minded, patient and inquisitive manner.
Identify the cause of the problem
James Cooper, founder of business development company Mimosa Planet, explained in his business blog that most company problems have two root issues - money and time. From there, specific challenges can be identified, Cooper indicated, and the owner can decide if it's an issue that needs to be dealt with by management or the team as a whole.
Black Enterprise also noted that if a worker owns up to mistakes or approaches a major blunder calmly and quickly, other peers will usually respect and appreciate the efforts made.