Canada’s lean leaders need to look beyond the horizon and chart the future. In stormy times, true leadership skills emerge.The rumbles on our economic outlook are troubling. The dollar is still up, foreign investment, profits and sales are down. Low cost Asian competition is eroding our market share. Financial scandals and corporate governance issues keep flaring into the headlines. Disasters such as terrorism, possible pandemics, and war continually reshape the world in which we work and live. There are so many “big” global issues, so much apparent chaos, that our minds are often distracted from the day-to-day jobs we do leading our businesses.The world as we know it has changed – both economically and socially. What hasn’t changed however, is the customers’ insatiable appetite for more value, faster delivery and better service.Most business leaders are eager to return to their pre-recession profits and growth. But even when the economy is robust again, we may find the bounce back to previous profit levels is not a “slam dunk” in spite of a revived and thriving economy. During the past couple of years, while business executives have been making short-term decisions to survive, customers and markets have continued to change at a… Read full this story
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