Top 10 “Must-Do’s” for a Front Line Leader

This is a checklist that has served me well as the front line leader of many organizational turnarounds .

  1. Must be the Leader and set the example for the organization
  2. Must re-shape the work environment and the organizational culture
  3. Must formulate concrete strategy and long-term objectives
  4. Must develop and execute annual operating plans
  5. Must establish and enforce standards of performance
  6. Must make tough decisions and address the real issues faced by the organization
  7. Must allocate resources to achieve your strategy
  8. Must teach and develop direct reports
  9. Must build an organizational identity
  10. Must take responsibility to execute the agenda

Whether or not your turnaround succeeds ultimately depends on employees embracing new strategies and tactics. And that won’t happen without a non-stop employee engagement campaign that requires your complete commitment and involvement. So, starting on Day 1 you have to communicate how you are going to operate and what it will be like to work in this new organization. Constant communication is really inseparable from the act of leadership itself.

You must also remember that while you are establishing a strong foundation for the future,  you have to deliver some early wins to ensure that you are able to stick around for the long-term. Once you show a commitment to the organization and start breaking them from a habit of losing, your turnaround is well on its way to success.

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About Vele Galovski
Vele Galovski has consistently achieved breakthrough results by using his unique approach to innovation engineering. By combining ambitious goal-setting with key driver analysis, disciplined management of metrics, and an inspiring approach to employee engagement and empowerment, Vele has dramatically improved the performance of a high-volume manufacturing operation, a national financial services company, a leading provider of professional outsourcing services, and one of the top home-builders in the country. He is currently working on a book to describe his methodology and help others achieve exceptional results with the same basic process employed by the world’s greatest engineers. You set a daring goal. Then you engineer a way to get there.

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