Ten Tips to Move Up When Everything Is Going Down

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Ten Tips to Move Up When Everything Is Going Down
When economic concerns become a lead topic at the water cooler you know it's weighing on everyone's minds. It's true there hasn't been this much reason for economic concern in most of the working lives of most HR leaders, so we went to those who had been working since the 70's - and even some since the 60's to get their advice. Here are the top ten:
1. Things are never as bad as they seem. (They're never as good either.)
2. Accept uncertainty and help the organization to accept uncertainty.
3. Recognize and ignore what you can't change or do; focus on what you can change and do.
4. Tough times are the best times to embrace new challenges and learning.
5. Focus on the fundamentals - they matter in tough times more than in good.
6. Don't stop measuring - to make optimum decisions and to document your own contributions.
7. Ever wish you had been the calm, cool and collected person in the midst of a challenge? Now's the time to be that way.
8. Tough times offer HR a great opportunity. Instead of being the "bad news administrators" HR should be a proactive value creator for employees and management.
9. This will pass, the good we do in bad times will provide geometric returns in good.
10. Open additional communication channels by spending more time with employees and starting or expanding programs such as weekly brown bag lunches with HR.

“Leadership can be thought of as a capacity to define oneself to others in a way that clarifies and expands a vision of the future.”
— Edwin H. Friedman

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