Mary Rose Hennessy from the Illinois Business Innovation Services recently spoke about "Strategies from the Trenches" at a Women in Business meeting in Naperville.
Chamber President and CEO Nicki Anderson called the talk inspiring. Hennessy asked the crowd, “How resilient are you? Do you know resilient people? I’m sure we all know people who are, but what about businesses, your business? Is your business resilient?"
Anderson recently wrote that after September 2001, her business lost 60 percent of its customers and forced her to decide what she needed to do differently to rebuild and to be resilient. She wrote that it takes several traits to run a resilient business, such as:
-Creativity: Challenging times force a business owner to view things in new ways, coming up with new ways to add value without detracting from the bottom line; passion, Passion for what you do helps you get through the good and bad times of business.
-Tenacity: Tenacity is the push to move forward. Tenacity, plus passion and creativity team up to get a business through difficult times.
-Faith: “Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.” – Rabindranath Tagore
-Strategy: A business must have a sound, sensible strategy. Combining strategy with all the aforementioned traits equals resiliency.