Tomorrow we are starting our annual 2-day all company meeting. Over 300 Blanchard employees from around the world are meeting together to celebrate last year’s accomplishments and discuss this year’s strategies for succeeding in a tough economy.
A couple of us are doing presentations (including yours truly.) I’ll be talking about engageable moments and specifically what rank and file employees can do to help maintain commitment and productivity during a down economic cycle.
My focus will be on what each of us can do individually to keep ourselves and others upbeat, focused, and positive. That’s because all plans, no matter how well thought out, eventually work down to an individual level—to you and me. And to a large extent, how you and I respond—and act on the initiatives that have been proposed will determine our company’s overall success.
Here’s the three points I’ll be making. See what you think and how this matches up with your own experience.
Get clear on what you need to do
Today, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by bad economic news, become distracted, and lose focus. There are so many things that each of us want to do, what we need to do, and that the organization wants us to do. You need to sort through these competing priorities to create one list that you can focus on.
Ask for help
Don’t try to go it alone. You don’t have to, no one expects you to, and it’s not going to generate the best results. All of us are being asked to stretch ourselves, either in terms of doing more with less, or generating new and innovative ideas to help increase sales. Do you have the information, tools, equipment and resources to get the job done? You need to be able to ask for help.
Cheer each other on
Especially in tough times, we have to make sure that we take the time to pat each other on the back. And don’t wait for big results before you praise. Remember to recognize the small stuff too.