Lead the Way – Don’t Delay

If there’s a problem, lead the way – don’t delay. That should be the motto for every small business and nonprofit organization. In fact, action, not reaction, should be the road every small business or nonprofit must follow. Issues or problems are even more dominant today regarding cash flow, marketing, customer service, employee concerns, loss in productivity and sales. Depending upon the issue, negative results can be abrupt or linger over a period of time. Certainly, if ignored, the issue ultimately explodes into a code red blaze. The end result – a “Business Closed” sign on the front door.

Swift Action Needed in Order to Lead the Way-Don’t Delay

Consequently, swift action becomes vital for a business to correct a problem. The issue could be losing cash at a frightening rate or gradually experiencing a downward trend in sales. Therefore, ignoring a problem or delaying “a fix” never solves the problem. Many small business owners and nonprofit executives take this route. However, keep this point in mind. Problems rarely solve themselves. Businesses must tackle problems immediately with decisions producing fast and beneficial outcomes. Lead the way – don’t delay. Select the right choice at the right time. Undeniably, that decision may be the difference between success and failure.

Nonstop Cycle

Nevertheless, small business owners/managers and nonprofit organization executives must develop the necessary skills for decisive, competent decisions concerning business issues and problems. That’s because there will always be a continuous cycle of:

Operational problems,

Situational examinations,

Problem-solving replacements, or


Meanwhile, the job never ends once this process is completed. Expect to repeat this cycle again and again. Merely consider it a “wash-rinse-repeat” procedure.  New problems or issues are right around the corner. Experienced business owners and nonprofit leaders understand this is a normal part of running a business or nonprofit organization. A well-organized and competent owner or executive sees these situations as opportunities to improve both current and future operations. Sticking one’s head in the sand is not a viable option.

Long-Term Outcomes with Lead the Way-Don’t Delay

There’s no avoiding it. Small businesses/nonprofit organizations should regularly expect many operational challenges or obstacles. The key to success? How those situations are handled will directly impact the organization’s profit and long-term viability.

No matter the problem, an organization’s leadership must show the ability to solve those problems. If left unattended, those problems could have a damaging impact on the business/organization. Solving a challenging situation, learning from the experience, and preventing a future similar situation strengthens a small business or nonprofit organization. The method of lead the way-don’t delay prepares an organization to better handle new situations when they appear.

Denis Sweeney