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Healing the Wounds: Overcoming the Trauma of Layoffs and Revitalizing Downsized Organizations by David M. Noer

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11.6. Learnings and Implications

Leadership in an environment of organizational turmoil and downsizing in the context of economic decline and global financial instability is significantly more stressful and complex than during normal times. It is much harder to lead on the way down than on the way up. Unfortunately, many of the skills, values, and perspectives necessary for relevant leadership in times of organizational trauma are not found in undergraduate business schools, M.B.A. programs, or company-provided management development programs. Leaders must have the courage to challenge and drop some of the basic management commandments that got them where they are and adopt new, often uncomfortable, approaches.

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