Maintaining Morale in Tough Times

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A client of my, during our regular status meeting, wanted some ideas to help her staff maintain morale in tough times. we batted around a few concepts, about reminding people of their accomplishments and reiterating the “Big Picture” vision and objectives.  Then I asked if I could think it over and come back to this topic at our next meeting.

After I thought about it, I was not sure that “maintaining morale” is the right goal in these times. I think that maintaining authenticity  might be more appropriate.

Three potential problems with “morale” come into play:

  1. It can too easily come off as being manipulative or grandstanding
  2. It fails to address the reality of the situation
  3. Most companies have trouble pulling it off as intended – so it sounds contrived

Authenticity, however, is … well, REAL. In other words, it passes the sniff test. So I’d suggested at our next meeting this advice:

  • Have REAL respect for your employees – don’t try to pull the wool over their eyes
  • Have REAL regard for their feelings and their fears
  • Bring REAL focus on where things are today
  • Pay REAL attention to where things must go to thrive in the current economy
  • Show REAL caring for their hears and their minds
  • Display REAL interest in their hopes and dreams
  • REAL authenticity
  • REAL courageousness

That is, REAL … leadership during the tough times! So do you Agree? Disagree? Did I miss that you think is important? Leave a comment I would love to hear your thoughts on this matter.

Call a senior consultant with Ember Carriers at (513) 984-9333 for a free strategy session consultation to learn how you can fuel your company to the next level.




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