Leadership

Managing Better than Anyone Ever Managed Us

Hands-off approaches of the past didn’t motivate then and don’t motivate now. In our diverse, multi-generational, Covid-19 world, we must manage and lead better than anyone ever managed us. Four approaches work today:

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You have enough time

Do you wake up ready to develop a brilliant plan for your company or team only to realize later that the day got away from you, it is now dark outside and you have no idea what happened? And as you lay your head down on the pillow that night, do you believe that if only you had more time, you’d get to the “one thing”– you know, the “one thing” you keep moving from list to list.

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Remove cultural barriers to implement strategy and enable change

Tens of thousands of dollars are spent to develop new strategic plans only to have them fizzle. After the pandemic, your organization will not survive another cycle of “announce the plan–then nothing changes.” Remember what Drucker said: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” It still does! If culture is values, processes, procedures and what employees do when no one is looking, then your employee engagement survey data is where you must start in order to make changes that will enable your strategic plan to succeed.

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You need a new strategic plan!

Pre-pandemic, we thought our organizations were stressed by change—but the Coronavirus has helped us to redefine the very meaning of change. We have exchanged our office desks for telework, zoomed to meetings, learned new technology, altered policies and procedures, established new customer channels, and more.

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Never let a good crisis go to waste

By anyone’s standards, the Covid-19 epidemic is a crisis. Whether we choose to act on it or not, every crisis contains the elements of opportunity. In both Chinese and Japanese Kanji characters, the word “crisis” is written with two symbols: danger and opportunity. We all have to make a choice to see the crisis as either danger or opportunity. True leaders agree with Winston Churchill: “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”

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Leadership requires strategy, not tactics!

In February, we were flying high along with the economy! In March, to minimize the spread of Coronavirus, the nation shut down and, together, we tumbled from the top two rungs of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs to the bottom two rungs. At the top, we were functioning with Esteem (confidence, achievement, respect of and by others) and even Self-Actualization (creativity, problem solving, spontaneity, more). All things were possible!

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