Yehuda Packer is the CEO of Expert Security Services, Incorporated who was faced one day with a brain tumor and says there are key steps business owners can take to survive a crisis.
In September 2010, Yehuda was working with the Los Angeles Police Department and operating his security company. He woke up and discovered he couldn't hear well. Tests revealed a brain tumor and the cyclist and former All-American runner had a major health decision to make.
I asked him how he withstood having a brain tumor and kept his business running.
Have faith. God gave me the challenge so I could get through and show someone else. I refer to this as a challenge and not a disability.
Yehuda handled many tasks but he had to trust his management team and employees to work with clients, handle paperwork, payroll and other important matters.
He had the support of his children and wife. "My kids embraced it. They looked at my scar and said, 'wow, what a cool scar.'" He said friends at the LAPD were encouraging and helped with various chores and expenses.
How Business Owners can Prep for Crisis
Yehuda was in excellent health and his brain tumor was completely unexpected. He says business owners can get hit with any number of problems in running their business and has this advice:
- Make sure day-to-day operations are in order and are running smoothly. Ensure the business is running well.
- Put a management team in place in the event a crisis hits and incapacitates you.
- Hire employees who take initiative and are problem solvers.
- Have finances in order to meet payroll as business continues
- Rely on family and people around you to keep the business running and help you recover.
Yehuda is supportive of the National Brain Tumor Society that has national walks to raise funds to seek cures for brain tumors.
Click here to join a walk this coming Saturday, October 19, at Exposition Park, Los Angeles. Registration begins 8am.
Click here to read Yehuda's full story on Running a Small Business.net.