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Dealing with Stress in the Face of Change

by Dr. Marilyn Manning The best leaders follow tried-and-true methods to help relieve anxiety. Change is inevitable. Whether you’re at the top or the bottom of an organization, one thing you can count on in the future is that there will be change. Another thing you can count on is that these changes—whatever they turn out to be—will cause stress to you and your employees, since stress is a normal human response to change. The past year has seen unprecedented changes in the semiconductor equipment industry—we went from a year of more than 80 percent growth and unbridled optimism to a year of 40 percent decline, massive layoffs and mergers, and general unease about the future of whole segments of the industry. The events of September 11 induced their own anxiety, leaving many people with heightened feelings of stress. However, all these changes showed that the established and accepted methods for mitigating stress are still effective. The wake-up call from the past year showed that managers who are able...

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Coaching for Change

(Reprinted from Semiconductor Magazine, June 2000) Just when things seem to be working well, you have to do more with less, faster, cheaper, and better. YOU may have to change. A manager is given a high profile project with eight diverse engineers, each from a different country. His culture taught him to rule from the top down. His opinions are rarely questioned. Several of his engineers have complained to his boss that they want to work collaboratively, not in a hierarchy. My assignment was to help him change his dominating style into a collaborative team leader. After applying the blueprint which follows, several sessions with the leader, and several with the team, he got a promotion for demonstrating that he could modify his style and get positive results. He calls me for a tune-up every six months or so, when he feels he’s slipping back into his old patterns. When styles clash, it’s tough. Coaching is often used to mitigate a crisis and relieve tension. But it is also useful...

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Creating a Vision

  by Dr. Marilyn Manning “Unusual wisdom is foreseeing what is going to happen.” Webster To sell your product or service, you need vision. A vision is a picture of the future we seek to create, described in the present tense, as if it were happening now. It shows where we want to go, and what we will he like when we get there. The word comes from the Latin videre, “to see.” When you work on your vision, consider your strategic focus, your market place competitive advantage or what makes you unique and marketable, how you add value to others, what are your current competencies, and what are your deeply felt values. Is this article, I give you simple steps to access where you are and to articulate your vision to position your future direction. All successful leaders have a vision for their businesses, projects or teams. In fact, you wouldn’t be a leader if you didn’t have vision, if you couldn’t see exciting possibilities not only in...

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Are Visions Useful?

by Dr. Marilyn Manning To sell your product or service, you need vision. To attract investors, you need vision. To market yourself, you need vision. Is this article, I give you simple steps to articulate your vision. All successful leaders have a vision for their businesses, projects or teams. In fact, you wouldn’t be a leader if you didn’t have vision, if you couldn’t see exciting possibilities not only in your product or services, but also in your people. And, yet, many leaders when asked to create a vision statement for their team tend to minimize the importance of this process. They often give it lip service, so they can get back to the “real work.” An in-depth, thoughtful vision process can be a major motivator. An authentic vision comes from your soul, your team’s soul, and touches the heart. A team that is emotionally moved by their vision has the strength to overcome the rough spots and the ups and downs any business faces. When the team has...

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