Managing during the recession

A Forbes reporter called me, having found an article I wrote online about managing in a recession.  If there’s one thing we know for sure about humans and change, they resist change that they do not control.  Plus it adds to anxiety and stress levels.  A downturn in the economy, especially one like we’re seeing now, will elevate stress levels everywhere – not just in those being laid off.  So, what does that mean for management?  Plenty.  It’s important to communicate, and to show leadership.  Leaders don’t hide in crisis – that only increases anxiety.  Instead, leaders talk about the situation and focus on what IS in their control.  Keep people focused on what’s important – priority setting is even more important now.  The article that caught the Forbes reporter’s attention is here:   http://www.leggecompany.com/Managing%20During%20the%20Recession.pdf 

And here’s the Forbes.com piece:  http://www.forbes.com/2008/10/16/tough-times-management-lead-careers-cx_mk_1016bosses.html

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