Forest fires are an essential part of a healthy ecosystem. They rid the forest of old underbrush that otherwise could serve as fuel for an even larger fire.

Recessions are the economy’s forest fires; while painful, they seem to be necessary. Rather than compensating for dips in the economy, prepare for them as opportunities to rid your company of excess and develop your organization’s resilience. When the fire is out, discover the room you now have for new things to grow—new ideas, new strategies, and new opportunities.


Harvard Business Review. (2011). Management Tips. Harvard Business Press.

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