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.
Business Cycles: How Frequent, How Severe?
The economy has become calmer in recent decades. This article explains why and looks at the future volatility of the economy.
Will the next recession be any different?
Explores commonalities of recessions, and what might be different in the next recession.
Leading Economic Indicators Are Misleading
Explains indicators that might predict a recession and why we cannot fully trust them.
Causes of America’s Post-World War II Recessions
Titled “No, We Don’t Talk Ourselves Into Recessions,” this article gives a one-paragraph summary of all recessions starting with 1948-49.
Stock and Commodity Prices Don’t Forecast Recession
After stock and commodity prices collapsed in 2016, doom and gloom spread widely. This article explained why the price drops did not foretell recession.
Forecasting Sales in These Uncertain Times
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.
Cutting Costs to Survive a Recession: How Far Should a Business Go?
Nobody likes to cut expenses or lay off employees, but sometimes survival of the company demands it. Here’s a guide to thinking through the process.
Economy May Be Out Of Recession But Not Out Of The Hole
Economists define recession as the period when the economy is declining, excluding the period when things have started to improve, but not yet regained all lost ground. Keep that in mind when news comes out about recession.
Inventories Should Be Larger This Recession–Not the Usual Advice
Businesses should usually cut inventories in a recession, but the pandemic downturn includes many supply chain failures. Sometimes the usual advice is not right for a particular business cycle.
Grow Your Business in the Next Recession
Some companies emerge from recession stronger than ever. Here are opportunities to look for during a recession.
7 Growth Strategies for the Coronavirus Recession
Explores growth strategies specific the the Covid-19 pandemic.