How Businesses can Prepare for Inevitable Change

Right now, the real estate market is super hot in many parts of the country. (But, totally cold in other sectors.) Currently, builders are experiencing huge disruption due to fast-rising material prices, especially lumber. Meanwhile, take-out restaurants are flourishing in some areas, while others barely hang on. This picture looks like chaos from a distance but it represents the manifestation of the old saying, “the only constant is change.” And, that’s always a threat — or blessing — to businesses. So, read on to learn more about how to prepare for inevitable change.

The Change Conundrum

When real estate prices rise steeply, people remodel their homes instead of buying. Others take advantage of the market and downsize to capitalize on their equity position. But, it also causes first-time homebuyers to stay out of the market until prices stabilize. When food prices rise, restaurants must make changes to their menus. Of course, higher food prices means fewer sales as people stay home and cook themselves.
In today’s ever-changing and often-chaotic business environment, it is imperative for successful organizations to understand how to make change work when everything is changing. These massive changes now require a bold-new paradigm shift away from traditional approaches to how to manage change, to innovative approaches to view organizations as “organisms” with flexible resources, cohesive teams, connected networks, and clear flat structures that can endure in the most turbulent times. —Houston Business Journal
The obvious point here is that when change occurs, some businesses benefit, while others suffer. Right now, the disruption caused by the pandemic and shutdowns, along with re-openings, are causing huge changes. The good news is that businesses that prepare can not only survive, but thrive.

3 Ways Businesses can Prepare for Inevitable Change

Fortunately, the current environment won’t continue on forever. Lumber prices will fall, inflation will rise, and other economic circumstances will also change. Businesses that recognize what’s going on take action to adapt and can actually make it through or grow by doing the following:
  • Accept reality. Lumber won’t always sell for the price it is now. Home prices will continue to rise, but not at such a rapid clip. Inflation won’t always be a significant factor. In other words, businesses can’t expect the present climate to go on and on and on forever. So, look at what’s on the horizon and don’t procrastinate. Instead, accept reality for what it brings and you’ll be able to cope much better.
  • Plan for change. Once you accept what is changing (or will change in the future), it’s time to start planning to make it through the transition. Think strategically and prioritize what’s most important. This provides a great opportunity to streamline and improve operations.
  • Alter operations incrementally. Speaking of operations, unless you fully expect things to change massively, don’t alter your way of doing business profoundly. Rather, make small, incremental changes to adopt to the changing times so you can always roll things back, if necessary.
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