This is a guest post by Joseph Lalonde. He is a youth leader at Oak Crest Church of God and leadership blogger at JMLalonde.com. Joseph shares leadership tools and encourages you to become a better leader. Connect with him on Twitter or at his blog.
How can you become a stronger leader who inspires others, drives people toward excellence, holds people accountable, and instills a sense of trust? Here are some leadership skills that you can use to become the leader you’ve always wanted to be: [Read more...]
- 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.
How can you become a strong leader who inspires others, drives people toward excellence, holds people accountable, and instills a sense of trust? Learning what makes a great leader is your first step.
Here are some things you can do to become the leader you’ve always wanted to be: [Read more...]
So, just what is “lean” and why is it relevant for us? If we’re already the most expert roofer, plumber, physician, or architect in our area, isn’t “lean” just more consulting mumbo jumbo? No! In fact, “lean enterprise” is a winning banner under which several supporting methods have been developed to drive superior performance and healthy long-term organizational development. This encompasses product development, supply chain management, project management, operations management, physical layout and housekeeping, equipment maintenance, capacity planning, processing of daily orders, employee training and motivation, and many other areas relevant to most companies. [Read more...]