NEWS AND INSIGHTS UPDATE:
Have you ever been handed a failing project and been asked to turn it around? That’s the question Karin Hurt of Let’s Grow Leaders asked recently. She reminds us that you need to slow down and assess the situation so you can be sure you make the right changes.
But what do you change? To help you successfully tackle a turnaround, Karin offers a list of do’s and don’ts. Some of the suggestions that jumped out at me follow:
- Do give the current team the benefit of the doubt.
- Do find your “A Players” and ask what they would do.
- Do talk with key stakeholders about what is working and what is not.
- Do assess the will and skill of the current team, and get the right people in the right seats.
- Don’t talk poorly about previous leadership or strategy.
- Don’t assume everything needs to change.
- Don’t assume your current team can’t be effective.
- Don’t assume you know what is best.
You can follow the link below to read all of Karin’s turnaround do’s and don’ts. What would you add to the list?
One “don’t” that I would add is this: Don’t forget that most of the employees probably already know something is very wrong and needs to change. Don’t make them feel worse about what’s happening than they already do. Turnaround often starts with turning around perceptions and attitudes of employees who are frustrated, disappointed, or unhappy. Creating a positive environment should be the foundation of any turnaround.
Get the details: Turnaround Tactics: The Dos and Don’ts of Dramatic Improvement via letsgrowleaders.com