Note: This article looks for hope in the profound lessons of history. Reflection in an uncertain time…
Engineering and R&D are often critical to the long-term value of a company, yet they consume precious cash during a downturn. How can a company preserve long term value while still managing cash?
During extreme economic uncertainty a business must be prepared to have both a Deliberate defense and a Focused offense.
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Crisis, our stakeholders need our leadership to Get to the Other Side. Very few events in our lifetime create such uncertainty. The ability to navigate a disaster and the number of mind-numbing scenarios is a true test. Yet, human nature is to react as business is usual. Instinctually we gravitate towards day-to-day decisions. The situation demands leadership and action: assess, measure, and react.
In order to fund my higher education in the mid 70’s, like many young idealists, I made my way north to Alaska. After walking the docks, I was thrilled to get a job in the local cold storage processing whatever fish was in season. Through a weird set of circumstances, I was promoted to foreman at a very young age. (Yes, naive and clueless.) The resilient people of the small town
A few years back, my brother, Greg, and I struggled over a gift to give our father for his 87th birthday. Dad was fiercely independent and “didn’t need a thing.” But Greg and I weren’t having it. We were adopted and Dad had given us the gift of a childhood. He had given us his name, his values, work ethic and his family history. We discussed several items but settled on rebuilding the