Turnarounds don’t get a lot of love in blog posts. Not sure why - they’re always with us, and having a good sense of how to dig into a turnaround situation is an important arrow to have in the quiver. This is a good, careful place to start.
Great post. Practical, dealing with difficult questions (“won’t we have to lower the bar? "Won’t this contribute to imposter syndrome?”), legal issues, process, and a ton of examples of actions that worked. Really cool.
Loved this. I remember many times fairly early in my career finding myself in situations where I thought “surely, here are the adults!” - my first Board Meetings, discussions with Legendary Companies (Netscape anybody?), one on ones with leaders who had impeccable pedigree - and finding, well, no, no adults in this room either!
There are some adults, for sure! Quite a few! But it’s not a good idea to wait for them to magically show up. Better to do the work the best you know how and learn what you need from those who are available.
“You are perfect just the way you are. And there is still room for improvement" — Suzuki Roshi
“Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes
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