Clear-Headed Leadership in Tough Times
- 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.