By Hermann Simon
"Stocks plunge on concerns over monetary sector"
"Jobless cost at 14-year high"
"Economy shrinks with shoppers major the way"
"As domestic revenues sag, foreclosure soar"
"Retail chains stuck in a wave of bankruptcies"
Newspaper columns blare the scoop day-by-day. there isn't any doubt that we're suffering via a world fiscal and fiscal trouble of a significance no longer witnessed because the nice melancholy.
In this setting, fraught with threat, no corporation can find the money for to take a wait-and-see angle. One hesitation or misstep may end up in the speedy loss of life of a as soon as stalwart firm. Even small miscalculations can topple robust empires; examine the U.S. vehicle undefined, for instance. The severity of the problem calls for that your organization comprehend its reasons, diagnose conscientiously, enforce decisively and display screen regularly.
However, the predicament additionally creates probabilities for corporations that learn how to investigate hazard, realize chance and take motion quick. This booklet is an antidote to the refrain of doom-and-gloom, a guide for enterprise leaders and staff who're able to struggle. In Beat the Crisis, overseas technique guru, Hermann Simon, deals 33 sensible activities that any corporation can take instantly. equipped into extensive categories—"Changing client Needs," "Sales and the revenues Force," "Managing bargains and costs" and "Services," Simon indicates businesses find out how to specialise in the components the place emphatic motion could have fast and greatest influence on company functionality. Drawing from dozens of profitable instances all over the world, Simon is helping readers discover ways to learn the industry signs, increase fast recommendations, and remain a step sooner than their opponents, whereas fending off the pitfalls looming within the drawback. A concluding bankruptcy appears past the drawback and considers the longer-term socio-political and company results, within which Simon foresees a brand new period of restraint. As he argues: "The 33 speedy strategies won’t rid the realm of the difficulty, yet they could definitely comprise the wear and tear. And this may make the entire distinction among a company’s loss of life and survival." Can your organization have enough money to disregard this advice?
Hermann Simon is Chairman of Simon-Kucher & companions, procedure & advertising and marketing experts, with workplaces in Europe, Asia, and the U.S.. he's knowledgeable in technique, advertising and pricing, advising consumers and talking to enterprise corporations all over the world. ahead of taking over consulting full-time, he was once a professor of industrial management and advertising on the Universities of Mainz and Bielefeld, and has served as a vacationing professor at many universities, together with Harvard enterprise institution, London enterprise tuition, INSEAD, Keio college, Stanford, and MIT. Named considered one of Europe’s such a lot influential administration thinkers, he has served at the forums of diverse journals, together with the International magazine of analysis in Marketing, Management Science, and European administration Journal, and has released over 30 books, together with the global bestsellers Hidden Champions (1996), Power Pricing (1997), Manage for revenue, now not for industry Share (2006), and Hidden Champions of the twenty first Century (2009).
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7 At the same time, it’s more difficult to get credit insurance, that is, coverage against losing receivables, during a crisis. Just when vendors have the greatest need for timely payments, many payments end up being delayed by cash-strapped buyers. How a company manages its receivables is crucial during a crisis. Solutions That Don’t Work Against the Crisis In every crisis, there are always people who claim to have the right remedies. ” The following growth strategies are propagated as effective remedies against the crisis: ●● ●● ●● ●● ●● ●● ●● Innovation Penetration of new markets (new market segments, new countries) Diversification Acquisition Vertical integration Radically new business models Improving employees’ skills According to a study conducted by a well-known consulting business, “Strong customer orientation, excellent business processes, a flexible organization with good employees and a clear strategy along with a precise definition of the core business” are key success factors during the crisis.
In practice, this equality is rarely observed. During a crisis, most managers instinctively focus on cost cutting. Further, many tend to actively cut prices, which is exactly the wrong thing to do. There is another way to compare the profit drivers. 7% cut in fixed costs Admittedly, none of these improvements is easy to achieve in a crisis. But the comparison yields valuable insights. It highlights the importance of price as a profit driver and demonstrates why managers must fully utilize price to drive or defend profits during the crisis.
2 For a deeper analysis of the profit drivers see Robert J. Dolan and Hermann Simon, Power Pricing: How Managing Price Transforms the Bottom Line, New York: The Free Press 1996, and Hermann Simon and Martin Fassnacht, Preismanagement, Wiesbaden: Gabler 2009. 3 The lever could also be designated as the “profit elasticity of price,” because as in each elasticity definition 2% changes are related to each other. g. com, January 15, 2009. 5 See Hermann Simon, Frank Bilstein, Frank Luby, Manage for Profit, Not for Market Share, Boston: Harvard Business School Press 2006.
Beat the Crisis: 33 Quick Solutions for Your Company by Hermann Simon