When your business needs a change, what can you do?

Having the right people in the right slots on your company’s org chart is essential.

By Henry Brown

All businesses go through many different periods in their lifespan. If you are an entrepreneur, you might have already noticed that there are times when your business is especially in need of some kind of a change, although it is not always easy to spot what kind of change might be necessary. When this happens, it is essential that you allow yourself the opportunity to step back and take a fresh look at your business. It might well be that there is something that needs altering fast, or it could be more general than that. As it happens, there are a few common changes that are often possibilities – let’s have a look at some of them.


One of the most essential kinds of possible change in your business is the focus. If you feel as though your business is not focusing in the right way, then this can negatively affect pretty much every other aspect and facet of the organization. But what exactly is the focus, and how can you be sure if it has outgrown its purpose? A business focus is simply a short descriptive idea of what your business is essentially trying to do. This is your vision, your ultimate goal, and it can sometimes be disheartening to realize that these dreams can change over time. Nonetheless, paying attention to such needs to change can be one of the most sensible things you do for your business, so it is essential to pay attention to your business focus at all times and to recognize when it might need to be altered.


Sometimes it is something a little less extreme than that, but still of daily importance. It might be, for example, that your workplace needs a little bit of updating. Workplaces are just as prone as anything else to suddenly needing a new lease on life or a fresh start. When it becomes obvious that your workplace could do with such a change, you have a number of options available to you. First of all, go back to basics: get some deep commercial cleaning done, have another look at the furniture and equipment, and perhaps think about changing the decor. If it needs something a little extra, you might consider a complete refurbishment – or even a relocation – depending on what is going on in your business.


Let’s be honest: whether or not you would like to admit it, sometimes the best thing you can change is the people who work for you. Your employees are the heart and soul of your organization, and if something is going wrong, it is always worth taking a look at what they are doing, and whether their practices could be improved upon. You don’t want to be overly harsh to anyone, but it is your business, and if you have dead wood, sometimes you need to get rid of it. Less drastic options include shifting people’s responsibilities or providing needed training. But if such steps fail, you may have no choice but to let someone go.

These are only three of many possible aspects to consider, but they are especially important ones. Look to these first when your business needs a change, and then look further afield if you are still experiencing problems.


Henry Brown is an online marketing executive. When he isn’t talking shop he’s roaming the streets of London, uncovering the extra-ordinary in the ordinary.


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