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12 Dealing With Difficulties - Gardiner Foundation

12 Dealing With Difficulties - Gardiner Foundation

12 Dealing With Difficulties - Gardiner

DEALING WITH DIFFICULTIES What to do when things go wrong The Takeaway: Look upon every bad experience as an opportunity to learn. Deal with the problem at hand, then go back and reflect on how you can do better next time. Every cause, every group, every person is a hostage to circumstance. However well you manage, however much you minimise your risk, success is not guaranteed and disasters are still possible – natural disasters, negligence, criminality, media stuff-ups, and stock market crashes are just a few of the things that can waylay your best laid plans. When bad things happen to good groups, your objective is first to minimise the damage and secondly to come back strongly. Tighten your decision-making This is a time for the executive committee (the President/Chair, CEO, Secretary, and Treasurer, say) to shine – a smaller and more flexible group than the full Management Committee. It helps to have this group recognised in the constitution, but in an emergency it may have to be called together regardless. The group needs to be small enough to be able to meet at short notice, knowledgeable enough to understand what’s gone wrong. Tighten your communications When you’re making decisions on the run it’s vital that everybody is kept in the loop so that nobody goes off on a frolic of their own. Keep in continuous contact through email and phone; if any of your members don’t use email, this is the moment for them to step up to the plate – you may need to be able to send round documents and make contact with many people at once. Nail down from the outset who’s able to speak for the group and forbid any other public statements. 95 SECTION 4 KEEP GOING: Maintaining your Momentum STRENGTHENING SMALL DAIRY COMMUNITIES TOOLKIT

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