Clear-Headed Leadership in Tough Times

U.S. ArmyTough times provide great opportunities to test your team to see who is ready to be part of the solution.

  • Communicate like crazy, being humble but firm with clear targets for getting through this period.
  • Delegate various pieces to your team and hold each accountable for finding creative solutions to turn dead/slow/surplus assets into cash and eliminate waste.
  • Ask for volunteers to scale back weekly hours or take short-term leaves. You might be surprised at the number who’d love to take some time for a special project, hobby or trip, if it’s viewed as beneficial to the company and doesn’t jeopardize their position!
  • Necessity  can help to leapfrog your company past many of the long-standing bad habits, territorialism, and entitlement problems that may have frustrated you for years. If you clearly need to re-size your staff and capacity, this is an ideal time to “raise the bar” with respect to span-of-control, performance pay, cross-training, team behavior, quality, maintenance and housekeeping, so that “going forward” your workforce is more committed and aligned to desired practices for the future.

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