The Upside of Recession

The Upside of Recession - http://www.businessweek.com Avatar Posted by TerryJackson under Strategy
From http://www.businessweek.com 4116 days ago
Made Hot by: on March 19, 2008 11:10 pm
Most businesses think now's the time to cut back and cower. Why not see it as an opportunity, the way the creators of some very big brands have?

Pop quiz, hot shot: What do MTV, Trader Joe's, and the iPod have in common? Yes, of course, they're all now ubiquitous and make our lives much more agreeable.

But to us, the most interesting thing about all three is that these great brands were born during recessions. (Trader Joe's: 1958; MTV: 1981; iPod: 2001, if you are scoring at home.)

And therein lies a point everyone seems to be forgetting in the midst of the current economic slowdown. If handled correctly, a downturn can be a good thing for your company. It can give you the opportunity—and the funds—to innovate and get a substantial leg up on the competition. But only if handled correctly.





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