I had an interesting conversation today with a VP of Global Recruiting for an international financial services firm, which inevitably turned to the current state of the American economy. To paraphrase his comments he said, “…yes, the economy is bad, but I still have commitments I need to deliver on for next year. I can’t have open sales positions. I have to complete our PeopleClick implementation. I have to make sure that my offices overseas are staffed. I have to advertise our company and the employment brand.” While acknowledging that the economy isn’t good, he also acknowledged that his business still needs to run – the world still turns.
This is an important lesson. We need to continue pushing forward. The environment will be more difficult, but it is in these difficult times that we will focus on the actions that really matter. And through those actions we will create success.
We also spoke about technology and Generation Y. The lines have blurred for that generation between work and social life as evidenced by the popularity of Facebook as both a social and business application, a topic Mary Lorenz touched on in a recent post. It is time to embrace this change, which may end up being an even more important driver of the economy in the future.
Knowing that the months ahead could be more difficult than the months past, are there new opportunities you are embracing to drive the future success of your business?Related