Here’s an acid test:
- Can money fix it?
- In time, will it go away?
- Is it the product of one person’s actions?
If the answer to any of these questions is “yes”, chances are you are dealing with a momentary setback. You can then take action to make a quick recovery: find sources of funding, wait it out, offer the person a chance to make it right or walk away, etc.
If you are dealing with a genuine problem, it’s time to call a band meeting and strategize.
Problem or setback, when obstacles come your way you should also take time to consider the possibilities. We all have to deal with things that we’d rather not face—offers that aren’t as good as we want, plans that don’t turn out as well as we hoped. Failures tend to glow like neon; they’re highly visible and seem to dominate the landscape. But the negative aspects of a situation can block your vision.
Problems aren’t typically bigger than opportunities; they’re just easier to spot. The positive aspects of a dilemma or difficulty take a bit more insight…a little more digging…a little more time. But chances are, they are there. As your band develops the ability to draw these out, they will give you the material you need to enact your own change.
How will your band take each setback and turn it around to a comeback?