A dead fish begins to smell bad on the second day after it dies; we say something "stinks like three-day-old fish." Business problems are a lot like dead fish. Typically, people perceive them only when they start to stinkafter they have been fermenting for some time. When you are asked to intervene in a decomposing situation, time is of the essence. Here's some guidance, in allegorical form, to help you analyze and resolve these crises.