The warning signs of a failing business — George Deeb | Red Rocket Ventures

On this episode of The Small Business Show, host Shyann Malone is joined by George Deeb, author, Forbes contributor, and managing partner at Red Rocket Ventures, to discuss the top warning signs your startup might fail.

Key Takeaways

1. Deeb emphasized the importance of having a fresh set of eyes to help struggling businesses. Being too close to the business can hinder clarity, and an external perspective can bring new ideas and solutions.

2. While internal opinions can be valuable, external consultants, peer CEOs from other companies, or mentors with direct experience in solving similar problems are often more effective in providing insights and solutions.

3. Deeb shared his own experience of seeking help from an experienced CEO during a challenging time in his travel business. This highlights the value of leveraging someone’s direct industry experience.

4. The choice between industry-specific expertise and general expertise depends on the nature of the problem. For technical issues, general expertise might suffice, but for marketing or industry-specific challenges, specialized knowledge is preferable.

5. Building a network of trusted individuals who can recommend suitable experts is crucial. Trust plays a significant role in seeking advice, whether it’s from known contacts or recommendations from trusted sources within one’s network.

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