Our Corporate Life
January 21, 2014   •   Volume 5, Issue 2   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    

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In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: Permanent Crises
Ask Amanda: What can I do about my whining team?
♦   Practical Tips: Decompress
Permanent Crises

A consequence of the economic downturn is that many companies are operating in a state of permanent crisis. When your company is in permanent crisis mode you need leadership skills tailored to dealing with uncertainty, urgency, and high stakes.

According to Harvard Business Review authors Ronald Heifetz, Alexander Grashow, and Marty Linsky, there are two distinct phases of crisis leadership. First is the emergency phase, when you stabilize the situation and buy time. Second is the “adaptive phase,” when you tackle the underlying cause of the crisis and build capacity to thrive in the new reality.
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Thought to Ponder

Solve problems, not puzzles.

Practical Tips: Decompress

We all know that working round-the-clock isn’t good for us but it’s difficult to detach from work when the office is just an email away. To help, set up a routine for beginning and ending your day.

For instance, when you get to work, it’s coffee, email, and a quick glance at Facebook. After you’ve finished your last project of the day, make a plan for tomorrow and start your ritual to signal the end of office hours.
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 ask Amanda

My team won’t get with the program. They whine and complain instead of getting on with it. What can I do? D.A., San Francisco, CA

Amanda Mitchell

From your question, it appears that you’ve identified (and are blaming) your team’s resistance as the reason for their failure to “get with the program.”
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