Navigating through Tough Times

Behind every great brand are hardworking leaders and well-thought-out business plans… but what happens when economic disasters and tough times hit?


Here are few suggestions that helped me navigate difficult periods in past corporate experiences and consultancy assignments.



INVEST IN YOURSELF

Starting the day in a positive note is crucial and is achieved through physical, emotional and

mental wellness.


  • Physical wellness – Morning runs and gym sessions give me energy and right perspective to kickstart the day.

  • Emotional wellness – Morning meditation and devotion ensures calmness and peace of mind prior to tackling daily challenges.

  • Mental wellness – Consistent learning keeps my curious mind at bay and is attained through online courses and articles ( i.e. Masterclass and BoF, amongst others)



PRIORITISE INTERNAL COMMUNICATION

A good leader is NOTHING without his/her team.


  • Engage and speak to team members daily. Use breakfast meetings with key staff to provide positive and strategic next steps. Staff morale is low with fear and anxiety constantly on their minds – Include them in decision-making processes to boost team’s confidence.



FOCUS ON BRAND’S EXTERNAL COMMUNICATION

Cutting costs during tough times is completely understandable but ensure the brand’s digital marketing and social media strategy is intact.


  • Invest in proper content creation with suitable story-telling and clear messaging to keep customer interaction and engagement. Ensure online content is never a knee-jerk reaction to current news and situation… always think before you react.



CLIENT RELATIONSHIPS AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Cultivating authentic professional relationships with partners and clients is extremely important during this time. Consistently brainstorm and find ways to promote each other’s strengths and distinctiveness.



BRAND AND PRODUCT INNOVATION

Challenging times have a history of generating great ideas – adding value and differentiating products will have longer term benefits for your business. Keep in mind that these new products or services require proper brand strategies to ensure a positive uptake.



EMBRACE CHANGE & ADAPT ACCORDINGLY

Change is inevitable and embracing change encourages proper development, real growth and is essential in every person and organization.

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