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Its TOUGH Out There … What Do YOU DO?

A little while ago i referenced a John Izzo article about Managing Through a Downturn … some good advice to managers and business owners in the face of the coming economic downturn … which of course we are now experiencing full-force!

A little while later I thought it would be a good idea to provide some ideas for those who are not in management … people that actually DO stuff, what can they be doing to improve their chances through such an economic downturn. I called that entry What to do in a Recession.

I still think these are very topical … and if you are currently recession-proof perhaps working in the government it would be good for you to understand what is going on out in the private sector. (Perhaps someone could give a copy to Premier McGuinty, Minister Fonseca and those ministers seemingly intent on hurting the private sector in Ontario).

Today I was visiting one of my favorite blog sites, Tom Peters from In Search of Excellence fame and a noted consultant, speaker and industry expert. His blog entry is called Dealing With Recessionary Times and as I might expect he is a far better author than I could ever be! her are Tom’s thoughts as you deal with these very challenging times ….

I am constantly asked for “strategies/’secrets’ for surviving the recession.” I try to appear wise and informed—and parade original, sophisticated thoughts. But if you want to know what’s going through my head, read the list below:

You work longer.
You work harder.
You may well work for less; and, if so, you adapt to the untoward circumstances with a smile—even if it kills you inside.
You volunteer to do more.
You always bring a good attitude to work.
You fake it if your good attitude flags.
You literally practice your “game face” in the mirror in the morning, and in the loo mid-morning.
You shrug off shit that flows downhill in your direction—buy a shovel or a “pre-worn” raincoat on eBay.
You get there earlier.
You leave later.
You forget about “the good old days”—nostalgia is for wimps.
You buck yourself up with the thought that “this too shall pass”—but then remind yourself that it might not pass anytime soon, so you re-dedicate yourself to making the absolute best of what you have now.
You eschew all forms of personal excess.
You simplify.
You sweat the details as you never have before.
You sweat the details as you never have before.
You sweat the details as you never have before.
You raise to the sky the standards of excellence by which you evaluate your own performance.
You thank others by the truckload if good things happen—and take the heat yourself if bad things happen.
You behave kindly, but you don’t sugarcoat or hide the truth—humans are startlingly resilient.
You treat small successes as if they were Superbowl victories—and celebrate and commend accordingly.
You shrug off the losses (ignoring what’s going on inside your tummy), and get back on the horse and try again.
You avoid negative people to the extent you can—pollution kills.
You eventually read the gloom-sprayers the riot act.
You learn new tricks of your trade.
You network like a demon.
You help others with their issues.
You give new meaning to the word “thoughtful.”
You redouble, re-triple your efforts to “walk in your customer’s shoes.” (Especially if the shoes smell.)
You mind your manners—and accept others’ lack of manners in the face of their strains.
You are kind to all mankind.
You leave the blame game at the office door.
You become a paragon of accountability.
And then you pray.

Thanks Tom … Hold on tight people we are all in for a rough ride!!!!


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4 thoughts on “Its TOUGH Out There … What Do YOU DO?

  1. I am going to go out on a limb and assume that there is an element of sarcasm to this comment.

    The post is not meant as a “downer” but you can certainly read it that way … that is inside of YOU.

    This is reality and if you face reality, come up with a plan for reality and work that plan … then you have a good chance of surviving this economy.

    On the other hand you can just HOPE that you are doing enough, HOPE your current clients keep spending, HOPE you current plan is enough … and I can tell you the HOPE plan depends an awful lot on other people.

    All this post is doing is giving input, not just from me … but from John Izzo and Tom Peters, two noted authors and experts. Take it or leave it … but I don’t want other people to determine MY future.

    I am sorry if that upsets you, but really there is nothing to be upset about … its input and advice, take it for what it is.

  2. I am going to go out on a limb and assume that there is an element of sarcasm to this comment.

    The post is not meant as a “downer” but you can certainly read it that way … that is inside of YOU.

    This is reality and if you face reality, come up with a plan for reality and work that plan … then you have a good chance of surviving this economy.

    On the other hand you can just HOPE that you are doing enough, HOPE your current clients keep spending, HOPE you current plan is enough … and I can tell you the HOPE plan depends an awful lot on other people.

    All this post is doing is giving input, not just from me … but from John Izzo and Tom Peters, two noted authors and experts. Take it or leave it … but I don’t want other people to determine MY future.

    I am sorry if that upsets you, but really there is nothing to be upset about … its input and advice, take it for what it is.

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