Managing in Tough Times
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair . . .” (Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities)
This has been a favorite quote of mine for years. It was penned in the mid-nineteenth century, yet it is just as applicable today.
Strong leaders are required to stay the course and hold the vision for better times ahead. I know we are living in tough times. My rose-colored glasses are not so deeply tinted that I can’t see the trouble everywhere. Yet I am holding fast to my expectations for the future, which include a prosperity of the soul and an abundance of joy.
The latest financial debacle is the failure of Lehman Brothers, which constitutes the largest bankruptcy in history. It is interesting to note that depending on which economist is talking, there have been at last 20 “economic contractions” since 1900.
Shall we all stand around and wring our hands? I think not. I’d rather get busy changing my small little part of the world.
Thus, I will now be offering the topic “Managing in Tough Times” as both a keynote address and as a seminar topic.
“It is better to light the candle than to curse the darkness.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
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