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4 Powerful Tools to Beat the Recession Blues!

April 17th, 2010 2:58 PM by Lehel S.

4 Powerful Tools to Beat the Recession Blues!
"There's no education like adversity."-Benjamin Disraeli
As our patience and resolve continue to be tested in these uncertain times, the one thing we cannot let go of is hope.  Without hope, we cannot move forward.  Hope is the line in the sand that we need to boldly cross and then stay on the active side without looking back.  Millions of people are struggling to hold on to something, anything that will give them hope.  As business leaders(we are all leaders!), we are charged with providing hope to our teams, which is a tall order to fill because we don't know many of the answers to their questions.  How about our questions?!
This uncertainty, combined with the harsh economic realities we are facing, can chip away at our well of hope.  After all, leaders are human too.  But great leaders don't back down from adversity regardless of the circumstances.  They will use all the tools necessary to move their businesses and organizations forward.  In these challenging times, it is important to use the right tools so we remain above the line of hope.  Of all the tools we have written about in the past year, these are the ones that we believe will move us forward and keep us on the leading edge of prosperity:
Attitude- Our attitude rules us!  Attitude is the lever that ultimately determines success or failure.  Keep it positive and protect the positive at all costs.  We all know the power of a positive attitude.  If a leader's attitude goes south, everyone loses hope.  "Attitude is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it."  Don't forget to add a REAL perma-smile to your positive attitude. 
Trust-Trust yourself first so you can trust others.  With all the changes going on, trust is even more critical today.  You can't do everything yourself.  Ask for help right now.  You don't need to know all the answers.  You just need to know where to find them.  They already exist within your company.  The best consultants available already work for you.  Your team has ideas that can significantly add to your bottom line.  Help them formulate their ideas into action!
Full Engagement-This is being fully present in the moment as you move through your day.  In a nutshell it means being Mentally Focused, Physically Energized, Emotionally Connected and Spiritually Aligned with a purpose outside your immediate self-interest, which could be your calling, vision, or just being of service to others.
·         Mental focus- Multi-tasking and "busy" work is out, focus and productivity are in.  Spend 80% of your time doing the things that give you a significant return on investment.  Delegate or outsource the rest if you can or do them during early morning or late evening hours.  Focus on people, information and resources, your most valuable assets.  Leverage those properly and you get results!
·         Physical Energy-Stress levels are obviously elevated today.  Take care of yourself.  Always have a bottle of water close by and drink it all day long!  Cut your sugar intake as much as you can tolerate- You can't afford the crashes right now.  Bring fruits, veggies and nuts to work to snack on.  Get into the gym, jog, play sports or do yoga.  To lead effectively, you need to have a spring in your step!
·         Emotional Connection-It is critical to be aware of how the fallout of this economy is affecting your emotional state and the emotional states of others that you interact with.  Relationships are crucial right now and they must be positive and nurturing.  Eliminate negative conflict at all costs.  Focus on helping and developing others and on being a positive powerful influence to everyone you meet. 
·         Spiritual Alignment-Do not forget that underneath the flurry of all the challenges we are facing is your passion to serve others and make a difference in people's lives.  Choose to find joy in your work regardless of what is going on around you.  Be a legendary contributor.  Stay on purpose!
Communication-Most problems that occur in the workplace are due to poor communication.  Engaging in meaningful conversations is critical right now.  People want to know the truth and can handle it.  Be direct, bold and forthright in your communications with your team.  Make performance expectations crystal clear and follow up in a consistent and timely manner to all critical business issues.
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Posted by Lehel S. on April 17th, 2010 2:58 PM



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