Making the Most of a Crisis Situation

Last week I was off learning and thinking and listening. And then thinking some more. Yes, there's something wild going on with the economy.  Yes, folks of all nations are doing a bit of a freak out dance. No, it's not the end of the world as we know it. It's a wake up call that we can't just keep on merrily gallivanting along, ignoring the byproducts of our lifestyles. It's also an opportunity to clean up our collective act and be *better*. Better than we have been for the past 30 years. Better for the future.

Every crisis is an opportunity for change. For improvement. For rejuvenation. One of the strongest messages from last week was to take a look at the crisis, and take advantage of the changes that virtually all folks are contemplating. Invest internally, come out of the recession even stronger. Invest in people to be prepared when the crisis is over.

A very, very smart woman mentioned that those companies and organizations who invested capital in times of economic downturn ended up in the top 20% of their industry when the economy recovers. Those who don't invest, drop to the bottom 20%. That's a VERY compelling reason to not freeze up.  

So - what are YOU going to do to invest and develop during these times of change?