Danger Zone

Crises That Can Strike Any Business

  • Employee layoffs/downsizings
  • Lawsuits
  • Poor financial performance
  • Discrimination/harassment claims or charges
  • Negative media coverage
  • Damaging rumors
  • Product defects or quality problems
  • Violent threats or actions by a disgruntled current or former employee
  • On-the-job incidents
  • The sudden death of a senior executive
  • Loss of significant business from one or more customers
  • Government probes or fines
  • Natural disasters
  • Boycotts, pickets or strikes
  • A failure in technology

Source: The Crisis Counselor

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This article was originally published in the November 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Danger Zone.

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