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Strategize and Grow this Summer

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Posted by: Bernie Dagenais on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 11:00:00 am

Strategize and Grow this Summer

Bringing a lesson from history to The Main Line Chamber of Commerce’s Celebration of Business Leadership, historical figure Abraham Lincoln last week chose to focus on the need to battle complacency. The words came from Lincoln actor and historian James Getty, who traveled from Gettysburg to speak before the Chamber during the week of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Complacency, he said, is the enemy of employers trying to motivate employees. It was markedly absent when Lt. Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain ordered his 20th Maine Infantry to fix bayonets and charge into the enemy to hold the Union battle line on Little Round Top at Gettysburg.

Mr. Getty’s focus on complacency resonates in these summer months, which many say are more intense at work than in the past.  One of the prices of leaner workplaces with greater productivity can be less downtime, but it’s important to recharge and get a fresh perspective.

Here are some ideas for this summer:

o   Strategize for the fall. It’s always a good time to evaluate your key strategies and prepare to execute them with an ever-better level of success.

o   Reconnect with your customers. Now is a good time to seek better understanding and stronger relationships with those who choose to do business with you. Key questions: How are their needs being met? What are their concerns for the future?

o   Reconnect with your co-workers. It’s important to have big-picture conversations about the role of individuals within an organization striving to achieve goals.

o   Read a business book and/or seek training.

o   Keep networking. Our next gathering is a Society of Professional Women event on July 17, featuring a tribute to veterans.

And don’t forget to get away from the office to recharge.

To read the full July issue, click here.

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