Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Today's List is Brought to You by the Letter 'R'
Tune in next week, when the list will be brought to you by the letter 'F'
Might I suggest that what your community college (and really, everyone) needs at this point is a little less negativity and focus on what you can't do, and bit more focus on the opportunities this presents.
Don't believe they are out there? They are, trust me. Opportunities are always there.
Does this mean you won't lay anyone off? Nope. Sometimes the opportunity has a cost, but with the series of "re's" you propose, everyone hurts, everyone contracts, everyone loses.
If you can't find the opportunities here, for your college, in your neck of the woods, might I suggest you seek out someone who does.
Perhaps I should moderate my comment a bit. Let's do it this way. Find the opportunities that exist, and then help those that are being hit hardest.
Remember last time I argued that we shouldn't be quick to just cut people loose? I was on the short end of that argument. I do understand the difference between firing someone for cause, and having to let them go as part of a restructuring. My position doesn't change. You should do all you can to help them land on their feet.
Lest my point get lost in the defense, I was trying to argue that one should ditch the pessimism, and find out how the organization can move forward and in fact thrive. Pessimistic leaders, well, aren't.
Which causes more pain:
A. proactively reading the environment and trying to adapt your business model to economic and political realities . . . or
B. adopting the "behind the barricades" mentality of "us" (The Righteous and Put-Upon) against "them" (Those Unreasonable Others)?
Look, no Mental Gob-Stoppers here just a painful attempt at introspecitve-inducing Straight Talk.
You really need to read an ancient article from the business world (yeah, I know, "Ugh!") called "Marketing Myopia."
It's 1911: Are you a buggy-whip maker or a transportation facilitation provider?