2017 new challenge again.

Since December last year have been requested to join an big international company. This company is an important manufacturer of wireless Systems and Telco Software Solutions. It’s a challenge without any doubt, I must develop business in those areas where I’ve been working since many years: Italy, Spain and Portugal, Latin America and Mexico. I must enhance its brand awareness, fight against hard competition and give fast results to my board.

You could ask me how could I accept this challenge, so difficult and with a high grade of being unsuccessful. I simply answer: because I believe in myself and I believe in the people who is supporting me.

I’m always trusting people and his capacity to help me. I’m always learning and my attitude is focused on facilitating proactivity. In this way, everywhere I go, I can find high level support and a lot of people willing to help me even in the most difficult activities.

I don’t want to make a long speech about management and managers’ qualities, everything has been discussed many times in my blog. What I can say is that in my work I simply apply what I think is right for me and my colleagues, everything based on an absolute respect but paying attention to establish targets and following up activities aimed to reach our goals.

Today the market asks you to be fast and is asking you to be a killer, avoid errors and straight to the target. Is not easy, I know but is a must if you want to be successful. The “funny” thing is that most of the time, well prepared people able to support you and giving you a high value is just working close to you! Simply they need to be involved deeply and, above all, stimulate them to give their own opinion on how to solve problems, address customers or modify processes to be more effective.

I think that this experience will be very important for me and definitely will make me grow again professionally and as a human being.

Hope to be able to start writing more often about this, because this experience deserves it.

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Status quo is more dangerous than unknown

Nice sentence, really nice sentence that reflects a very actual situation experienced with some companies. After years fighting against a complicated market I can firmly state that one of the most critical attitute of many managers and their staff is to fight against the change and defending old rules and processes with all their efforts.

It is quite common inside companies that have to speed up their change that many people are absolutely contrary to follow new management and consequently new rules and processes. This is a matter of fact.
Is quite easy to avoid new challenges while thinking that things are going properly and there is no need to spend time, resources and money in activities that apparently (for those people) don’t drive you anywhere.

Is the most critical and hard to eliminate evil inside an organization. Those who hold this “conservative and strategy blindness” views are more likely to be closed-minded, conformist and resistant to change.

I have been experiencing this situation many times in big and small companies, there is no20131123-122732.jpg difference. This kind of attitude persists in every place where you see worsened or really bad business results.

The only way to overcome this situation when you enter in a company with such problem, for my point of view, is to work closely to managers and “convince them” that the only way to make things going better is to change accordingly to the market requests, showing clearly and if necessary rudely their business results and their trend and the way to make the situation change.
It’s not an easy job because you are new and for existing staff you are not so trustable. Nothing personal but everybody is thinking that you never could understand their company and the relative business dinamics.
Then you should adopt the bottom up approach in addition to the top down in order to spread as much as possible the new philosophy that must be followed in the company.
It will take time, often too much time compared to the slot you have for showing results to owners, partners or investors but this is how we need to proceed.

In parallel to this process we can call “awareness and acceptance of the reality” you should deeply analize the organization and key employees to see how changes must be applyed.

One point I considered really important and reminds me last article I posted some months ago, is that who is responsible to this transformation program must maintain key people informed motivated and engaged. Everybody must be aware that changes in the company are effective and business trends are improving or at least are not getting worst.

Second point that is quite critical and is an argument that nowadays is one of the most discussed is workforce reduction that unfortunately is a process quite often unavoidable. I don’t want to go deeply into discussion because is very complicated and must be treated with the help of and expert HR manager, but also in this case informaton is the key. All the relevant parts, syndicates, managers and social organisms must be kept updated on the evolution of the company justifying as much as possible and with the help of concrete information why some decisions have been taken and the expected results.

Hope that this few words can help some friends or colleagues involved like me in this hard situation, hoping that in a near future we could discuss about better and more relaxing arguments.

 

Success is coming if employees are engaged, aligned, and motivated to win.

Some days ago I was reading an article from a well known management magazine and I stopped thinking about a sentence I think is the essence of success in business: if you want to be really successful you must have employees engaged, aligned, and motivated to win. That’s the real truth!
I agree 100%.

During my experience in company restructuring, dealing with projec20130618-235240.jpgts less or more complicated, if you can’t count on employees who can feel part of the process, constantly up to date with your guidelines and motivated to reach your goals in a win-win approach, for sure you’ll not be able to be successful and you’ll absolutely feel to be a looser.

That’ sad but, believe me, if you are experiencing like me a deep process of company reshaping with a strong change management environment and you see employees not to be in such a mood, you should completely agree with me.

A leader must check everyday if his first line management and relative staff are following him straight to his objectives with dedication, proactivity, focus and motivation.
If this doesn’t occur he must setup meetings where he must spend some time to review the situation with his organisation, try to understand problems and, above all, involve people to make them be part of the game.

If necessary he should meet people separately but always with the aim to make them feel important and establish the most clear and open dialog.
Even the “less considered” employee can give important contributions.

Today business is becoming more and more complex and to be successful against competitors, gaining market share where many companies once very powerful, more powerful than your company, have lost, is really difficult.

With the right team of people, technically prepared and motivated to win, for sure will not be easy but the probability to reach successfully the goal will tremendously increase.
What I’m realising today is a tremendous lack of people able to stay with you and fight into the market. The actual downturn environment, constantly affecting behaviours doesn’t help.

I meet many people coming from different companies and the attitude is alway the same: depression, negative thinking, absolutely not motivated and more.
And I’m not talking about low level and not skilled people, not at all!
This is a huge problem in many organisations, sometimes not easy to solve and strictly depending on the management that quite often and unfortunately is affected as well.

I’m more and more convinced that this is an issue we are going to leave with for a long time. The remedy is obvious, managers must be able to make a deep change in their attitude, promoting all those actions made to improve or promote engagement, alignment and motivation.

And this must be done even if the same managers must put their trouble behind and hide worries. Without the right team, you’ll go not so far away.

Dear readers,
Hope this short talk will be of interest. My advice is to do all the best you can to make your people delighted to work with you.

You’ll be a winner, your team will be a winning one and your customers unbelievably happy.