According to management guru Peter Drucker, “No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it.  It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.”  As we continue to embark on the seemingly endless journey toward an anticipated economic recovery, the ability to “stretch resources” has become a popular catch phrase once again.  While it is most prudent to conserve our expenditures and outlays in the interest of survival, we must be cautious to not begin to ask our employees to do the impossible – become “geniuses or supermen” – in their attempt to do more with less.  All employees want personal success while helping to contribute to the success of the corporation.  Without the proper resources, their innate desire to succeed will surely dwindle and their desire to perform will follow suit.

Most employees welcome a career that is challenging yet fair.  Their expectations of having the necessary resources to meet those challenges head on are not unreasonable.  A great leader has the ability to test people’s ability to think differently, approach a task from a different angle, and increase their contributors’ creative potential.  This is now most crucial as we may be asking our most valuable resources – our employees – to do more with less.  We need to find that utopia of creative involvement without appearing overbearing.  If we are able to achieve this, our employees will be wiser, better, and more successful when we return to a regular level of business.

While the worst is not yet over, it is imperative we use this time wisely to encourage our people to better themselves, become stronger, and be ready for the days that lay ahead.  How?

  • Challenge others to become better while the opportunity presents itself during this slow time.
  • Better your organizations by empowering your employees and colleagues to better themselves.
  • Demonstrate your willingness to work side by side with your personnel to further enhance their career development.

Not only will this greatly increase organizational morale, you will also witness an inspired staff that willingly works harder because their employer is making an investment in them.  If you truly want to inspire your organization to survive through this turbulent time, follow more advice from Mr. Peter Drucker: “Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.”

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Chris Zaucha
Chris is a former Chairman of the ICCIFP and currently the Financial Manager at Food Export – USA Northeast. He also provides private business consulting and accounting services through his company, CFO Insights, LLC and hosts a blog, www.cfoinsights.net, where you can gain insights into time management, volunteering, leadership, and more. Connect on his LeadChange Profile or Twitter too.
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