Be Careful Not to Stretch Your Personnel

“No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it.  It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.” – Peter F. Drucker

As we continue to embark on the journey toward an anticipated economic recovery, the ability to “stretch resources” has become a popular catch phrase.  While it is most prudent to conserve our expenditures and outlays in the interest of survival, we must be cautious to not begin to ask our employees to do the impossible – become “geniuses or supermen” – in their attempt to do more with less.  All employees want personal success while helping to contribute to the success of the corporation.  Without the proper resources, their innate desire to succeed will surely dwindle.

Most employees welcome a career that is challenging yet fair.  Their expectations of having the necessary resources to meet those challenges head on are not unreasonable.  As we all know, a good leader has the ability to test people’s ability to think differently, approach a task from a different angle, and increase their creative potential.  This is now most crucial as we may be asking our most valuable resources – our employees – to do more with less.  We need to find that utopia of creative involvement without appearing overbearing.  If we are able to achieve this, our employees will be wiser, better, and more successful when we return to a regular level of business.

While the worst may not yet be over, it is imperative we use this time wisely to encourage our people to better themselves, become stronger, and be ready for the days that lay ahead.  Challenge others to become better while the opportunity presents itself during this slow time.  Give them guidance and suggestions on how to approach their review for the exam and offer your help, if possible, should they need it.  Better your organizations and chapters by empowering your employees and colleagues to better themselves.

“Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.”  – Peter F. Drucker

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