How is it that some companies weather an economic downturn unscathed while others falter and even fail? How do some organizations seem to have an innate ability to avoid the debilitating actions of layoffs, hiring freezes and production slow downs when such events have become commonplace in so many companies?

External pressures, such as an economic downturn have a way of separating winners from losers. A bullish business environment will mask systemic weaknesses within organizations, creating a false sense of security.

Smart leaders assess and strengthen the growth drivers within the business when the waters are calm. This is when you can unemotionally take stock of things and make the investments that will accelerate growth and sustain momentum during tough business cycles.

Identify your growth drivers and measure them. In my book, I introduce the Organizational Prowess Scorecard. It offers a precise way to measure the significant growth drivers:

  • Strategic Plan and Validity
  • Execution Framework
  • Talent Density

Each of these capabilities can be measured and given a score.

Score Card Baseline Scores – 100 Point scale

10-40……………………….Lagging
41-60……………………….Vulnerable
61-80……………………….Resilient
81-100……………………..Agile

For a leadership team, the baseline score is a call to action. Those that invest in and leverage growth-oriented capabilities will fortify their business and demonstrate exceptional performance and fortify the organization to weather uncertain times.

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