Business leaders are worried about recession. Their responsibility, however, is not just to survive a downturn, but to capitalize on good times before the recession comes. I’ve held several workshops for company executives and owners in which we explore
- steps that can be taken ahead of time to make a company more resilient
- key elements of recession contingency plans
- how some companies use recessions to seize greater market share.
Before these discussions, though, I lay the groundwork with “Recession 101.”
The key features of recessions are important, but company decisionmakers don’t need to get deep in the weeds. I have written several articles for Forbes.com explaining what business leaders need to know in order to lead their organizations away from risk and toward greater profitability in good times and bad.
Explores commonalities of recessions, and what might be different in the next recession.
Explains indicators that might predict a recession and why we cannot fully trust them.
Titled “No, We Don’t Talk Ourselves Into Recessions,” this article gives a one-paragraph summary of all recessions starting with 1948-49.
After stock and commodity prices collapsed in 2016, doom and gloom spread widely. This article explained why the price drops did not foretell recession.
Cash flow projections are vital to surviving a recession, but they are hardest to make during recessions–highly uncertain times. This article gives a framework for working up your own company’s cash flow projections.