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Managing in Difficult Times

via LinkedIn Learning


Learn how to manage effectively in difficult times. Learn how to stay focused, keep innovating, inspire your team, and reframe challenges as opportunities.

Tough times separate great leaders from the rest. What do leaders do to manage effectively in difficult times? It's as much about what they do to prepare as it is about how they react. Jan Rutherford introduces important tools for keeping you and your team focused, inspired, and effective during times of change or crisis. Learn how to build self-awareness, achieve clarity and focus, keep innovating despite volatility, and develop a committed team that is resilient in the face of change. He also shares innovative strategies to cut costs, and reframe challenges as opportunities for your team.


  • Welcome
1. Self-Awareness in Difficult Times
  • Drivers of change
  • Looking through your employees' eyes
  • Assuming responsibility for the new norm
  • Revisiting past performance
2. Strategies to Stay Focused
  • Eliminating multitasking
  • Placing people at the core
  • Creating value in different ways
3. Strategies for Innovation
  • Adopting a growth mindset
  • Eliminating undesirable default conditions
  • Staging for innovation
4. Strategies to Develop a Committed Team
  • A new take on the balanced scorecard
  • The cascading strategy map
  • Making the roster every day
  • Teaming instead of leading
  • Alternative approaches to cost reductions
5. How to Reduce Costs
  • Ties that bind: Gluing people to the organization
  • Rev up operating velocity
6. Responses in Difficult Times
  • Becoming a change agent
  • Turning adversity into opportunity
  • Messaging is a two-way street
  • Next sustaining steps

Taught by

Jan Rutherford

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