Rapid growth is a good problem for a manager to have. But it's still a problem. Here's how to plan for it strategically so it won't catch you flat-footed.
- Sales have gone through the roof,…your product is a smash hit,…your boss wants you to hire…a raft of new staffers immediately.…Any of those things would be fantastic news,…and certainly a lot better to hear than the opposite.…But the truth is, they're all still problems.…You have to navigate growth carefully…because it entails large, rapid changes…that can be quite disruptive.…Here's how to be adaptable in the face of growth…so that it won't catch you flat footed.…First, it's important to systematize.…
Especially in the early phases of growth,…it can seem incredibly overwhelming.…There are fires to put out,…proposals to get out the door,…and clients to serve,…and the last thing you have time to worry about…is creating some manual.…And yet, it may feel ridiculous to take time away…from urgent matters to do something…as seemingly bureaucratic as putting together…a systems manual describing the proper process…by which things should be done.…But it's also one of the most important things…you can do as, or better yet, before,…
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The business world is changing faster than ever, with digital transformation and disruption everywhere. Being adaptable is a foundational skill for managers, which enables them to respond to change in positive, resilient ways and seize new opportunities. Join author and professor Dorie Clark, as she introduces strategies for becoming a more adaptable leader. Learn how to monitor for change in order to better prepare for it, hone your skills, and create a more adaptable team that is innovative and responsive to change.
- Identify three elements that enable managers to be adaptable in the midst of growth.
- Recognize examples of four purposes of feedback.
- Summarize a strategy that managers use to create an environment where employees feel safe to take risks.
- Explain the approach to take as an adaptable manager when working with various types of employees.
- Recall the characteristics of a curious, adaptable manager.