Welcome to spring in Kansas City! But if you expected to be enjoying crocus, daffodils and redbud trees right now, you’re sorely disappointed. As all of us who live and work here know, we got hit with three major late-season snowstorms that have kept winter at bay. We’re still shoveling when we should be mowing, wrapping scarves under heavy coats, and hoping our neighbors clear their sidewalks so we can walk the dog. And as I write this, snow and cold temperatures are forecast even for April 1.
What’s going on here? We’re supposed to be waking to sunny skies and moderate temps this time of year, with some showers here and there to nourish all those budding flowers and trees.
The Spring of 2013 hands us a lesson for our businesses too. How often have we invested in our companies, forecasting sunny skies ahead because of a new product, new people, or new processes, only to find ourselves hunkering back down, retrenching, and wondering what happened to the “spring” that was supposed to come?
Like weather forecasting, there are a lot of variables that make predicting the future of our businesses an inexact science. But like hearty Midwesterners, entrepreneurs push on.