Chaos Theory and SMBs: What You Need to Know


    Organization in the business world is overrated, or perhaps it’s unattainable. Let’s be realistic: We’d all love to work in our designated roles with our assigned tasks and not ever deal with complications. But sometimes plans change. We can’t control every factor that might affect business, but we can control how we respond to challenges. And that’s where the magic lies.

    The Butterfly Effect, discovered by Edward Norton Lorenz, mathematician and meteorologist, proves that even minute changes, like a butterfly flapping its wings, can largely affect a system elsewhere, like weather patterns across the globe. In other words, biological systems are highly sensitive and unstable, dependent on various conditions.

    This not only applies to meteorology; it also applies to the business world. The Chaos Theory, pioneered by Lorenz, encompassed various principals (like that of the Butterfly Effect) that explain the lack of control we possess. Biological systems are naturally complex and cannot be accurately predicted or manipulated into a strict structure.

    It’s crucial to remember this as a small business attempting to run smoothly and maintain organization. There’s only so much you can control, but there are ways to prepare for that butterfly’s harsh effects. Here’s how to handle the chaos theory in business.

    As a business owner, you’ve probably considered a million ways your business could fail, but you likely draw the line somewhere. And while you want to be confident in your endeavors, you don’t want to be unprepared for issues – even unlikely risks.

    Never assume that something is too implausible to happen. Think of it this way: Just because the weather forecast says there’s only a 20 percent chance of rain today doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t grab your umbrella just in case. While the possibility is low, it still exists, and you don’t want to be stranded in the rain.

    You never know exactly what’s going to happen, especially in business, but while you can’t prepare for the unknown, you can acknowledge the risk in every decision you make and every action you take. That way, you won’t be caught off guard if something shifts.

    Companies are made up of many parts, working independently and collaboratively to benefit the overall business. One minor mistake, one “bad day” can affect the entire organization. When you work with a team who values communication, you’re more aware of any slipups and can approach them immediately.

    If workers feel comfortable admitting their faults to you or communicating issues that might adversely affect your brand, you’re already a step ahead of many other organizations. Good communication breeds flexibility –  a necessity in the business world. Your workers are called your “team” for a reason – you’re all in it together, sharing the same values and goals.

    Don’t just “wing it” and hope you’re making a positive impact on your industry and consumers. Keep up with analytics so you understand what works best for you and your consumers. That way, you’ll naturally acclimate and capitalize on positive trends.

    While you can’t predict what might go wrong, you can gain some insight from this data. Talk with your team and develop (or update) your business plan to reflect new information you have. Make this an ongoing priority, not just a one-time tactic.

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