Change Management Advice

By Todd Ballowe

Change Management Advice

Sick of all the “recession-proof” talk being spouted by white-haired businessmen & fast-talking consultants? You’re probably just reading in the wrong place. I sat down with someone who may not be your first choice for change management advice- a stripper- and you wouldn’t believe the useful things she told me.

So, about the interview. Two weeks ago at a local coffee shop I bumped into my neighbor, Cameron, who is a stripper- and a quick breakfast conversation ended up turning into an interview on how she’s getting through the downturn. I found what she had to say was especially inspiring for small business people and contractors, but also for managers in general who are starting to feel the pinch and worry about our economic future. Below is an excerpt which she was kind enough to let me print.

MSP: Has the strip club industry seen an impact from the economic downturn? Some may assume that “red light” entertainment would be recession-proof.

It [the economy] has affected us for sure. It’s definitely not recession proof, because we’ve all seen a drop in business.

MSP: What has that done to your club & your competitors?

I’ve seen tons of girls quit. They’re not making as much as they were and they fear it’ll get worse.

MSP: What are you doing that’s keeping you working?

Personally, it hasn’t affected what I take home, because I’ve made adjustments. I’m making the same money but working longer and harder for it. I know this won’t last forever, so it’s worth it for me.

I’m also taking a vacation that I had been putting off. I figure one of the best ways for me to keep up my pace is to stay happy, so I’m going to take some time to relax before I get back to it.

MSP: What advice do you have for other businesses and contractors who are worried about the recession?

First, realize that a lot of what you’re facing is mental. The recession is real, but a lot of the girls I know quit when they could have kept going and stuck it out. You can’t let all the recession-talk get in your head and shake your confidence.

Second, work harder and smarter. I pick up extra shifts sometimes or work a little longer, but with everyone else quitting, that’s actually been helping me. I can keep this up and come out of the downturn doing better.

MSP: Cameron, that’s some sage advice. I really appreciate your perspective and I think others will- especially in a time where people need some reassurance.

You can check out our related articles and tools in MSP’s free Ultimate Recession Proofing Kit by clicking here.


  1. Heidi Adkins
    Jul 15, 2008 @ 13:00:28

    Great advice!! I’ve been trying to find a job in the middle of this recession, and its been tough to realize that the job market is different JUST TEMPORARILY. I forget that, and now realize to just stick it out and work harder and longer. I know things will change, but I have to work with the way things are now and not give up.


  2. Rocio Nakandakari
    Jul 15, 2008 @ 20:31:51

    The great thing about this article is the positive message behind what this interviewee is trying to state. Keeping positive will ultimately help your mental state and allow for you to think and plan better. Panicking will only contribute to irrational decisions that may have future repercussions. This country is facing tough times. If it means spending less and adjusting financially, well then so be it. Let’s be honest America, we splurge and spend money on useless items and things daily. This should be the time were we evaluate our past spending habits and come to terms with the needs vs. the wants. We all want but do we really need what we want? Eight times out of ten, probably not. So let’s be optimistic and remember that hope should always be the last thing we lose. Let’s keep our heads up, let’s plan better and let’s hope for the best!


  3. Chris G.
    Jul 18, 2008 @ 11:48:40

    I like that she mentioned the competition aspect of the economic downturn. Smaller and weaker competitors will be weeded out and those that can stay afloat through smart, strategic decision-making will come out stronger.




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