If you want to dry the swamp, ...
... one does not allow the frogs to vote on it
Hardly any other aphorism expresses more helplessness and mismanagement in one sentence. Thinking about the dehydration of the pond or closing a farm reveals omissions of the past.
Instead of adapting quickly to changing influences, it waits until the end to capitulate - to dry out the habitat of the frogs, to deprive the employees of their livelihood.
Recognize opportunities in good time
The pond represents an existing business that has been built and operated over a certain period of time. Discussing the closure can only be the final step. But what about the many small steps before that?
What about the signs of change or even threat? Between 'running a business' and 'closing a business', there are many opportunities to ward off the final step.
Carefully observe the environment
A permanent market observation gives early indications of changed circumstances. For Company now applies:
Do not ignore it or talk nicely: That is already happening again! The growing competitive pressure or suddenly (!?) existing overcapacity is then the reason for restructuring or even the closure.
Inactivity in management
What a bad testimony of the management against the frogs - pardon employees - for their own inaction!
At a gathering in specialist retailers, people were seriously asked "if this could not be done by itself with the Internet and online trading. Then the threat potential would be gone. "Yes, dear retailers, the Internet will disappear, but only because it will be replaced by something even more powerful!
Recognize and react
The operators of horse-drawn carriages believed the end of the 19. Century also that the new way of moving with the automobile disappears again. Significantly, the car was not developed by any of them. Parallels to today's driverless car, with Apple, Google or Uber as drivers, are certainly not coincidental.
Timely recognition of the change, paired with a portion of courage and some luck, ensure the preservation of the pond instead of drying it out. He may change, the stocking may be bigger or smaller, but the pond remains!
Evolution, not revolution
Evolution is usually more successful than revolution. Radical intervention in nature leads easily to the contrary, B. Flooding after river degradation. Even in the economic life clear-cut and too short-sighted interventions often bring unimportant negative consequences.
The hype about the Internet bubble in the 90 years and the associated denigration of the "old-economy" has shown this vividly. The Internet bubble has burst and the "old economy" has just boomed in the energy sector at the beginning of the new millennium.
Or frog forever
A poor report is the denigration of the employees. Who would like to be called a frog? Only one luck was kissed by the princess. All the other frogs do not keep their lives unspectacular.
Often employees of affected businesses recognize the signs of change at an early stage. It is the people in daily contact with customers and suppliers who feel the market daily. Why are not these people heard? Why are not their notes and notes taken seriously?
Management + Leadership = Success
Is it because there is no longer a distinction between management and leadership? The guiding and guiding of the German concepts makes this difference very clear. Thinking about the fortune of the pond is to guide you to deal with the frogs.
Both are spelled together. SUCCESSOR G. Managed in unison, leadership tasks are tackled using the same mechanisms as the management topics. There are processes, tools, methods and a lot of controlling. And too few people (liches).
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