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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Good Advice for Anytime

I recently came across a good video that outlines several strategies for dealing with the recession.  These strategies come from Tom Peters, self proclaimed uber-guru, speaker, and author of recently released The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue EXCELLENCE.

The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue EXCELLENCE

Tom was apparently asked what you can do to deal with tough times.  While he admits there is no secret play book, magic wand to wave, or silver bullet to fix everything he does provide several cleaver strategies.

Some of my favorites from Tom Peters:

You dig deep, deeper, deepest – and always bring a good attitude to work.

You give a new meaning to the idea and intensive practice of "visible management."

You simplify.

You sweat the details as never before.

You learn new tricks of your trade.

You pass old tricks of the trade on to others – mentoring matters now more than ever.

You network like a demon inside the company – get to know more of the folks who "do the real work," and are/can be your most important allies when it comes to getting things done seamlessly and fast.

You network like a demon outside the company – get to know more of the folks "down the line, "who "do the real work" in vendor-customer outfits and can be your biggest allies and champions.

You redouble, re-triple your efforts to "walk in your customer's shoes." (Especially if the shoes smell.)

You leave the blame game at the office door.

You become a paragon of personal accountability.

It seems clear to me that these strategies will work just as well in good times as in bad.

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1 comment:

  1. Tim,

    A great reminder for folks to pick themselves up (especially when it's not all roses in this economy). We all need to continually reinvent ourselves. It's uncomfortable, but it least it's not boring!