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Scaling back to a lean team? Here are 3 strategies to keep in mind.

Last year, we were knee-deep in helping teams prepare for new hires, implementing project management tools, and making processes more efficient. As a consultancy, we were starting to focus on development more than management and feeling in alignment with our service direction. 

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This year feels a bit off. I'm now on discovery calls with team leaders who've seen a decline in business and want to improve their operations to make their smaller teams more efficient.

I've found myself in challenging investment discussions that make me question whether charging the true value of our services is unfair to business owners who are struggling to stay afloat but genuinely need our assistance.

Here's the reality... 

After a few years of BOOMING, some business owners are now forced to reevaluate things, change their business models, and cut back on unnecessary expenses. And it's not just the big corporations you hear about - small businesses everywhere are also making adjustments to cope with this economic shift. I want to be a resource to the teams who need us and help to connect the dots where needed. With a solid foundation, the possibilities are endless on the other side of this shift. I believe that wholeheartedly. If you are experiencing this currently, remember this...Running with a lean team still requires strategy. 

Even more, if you ask me. 

Here are a few key strategies for operating efficiently with a lean team:

  1. Clear Roles and Responsibilities: Clearly define each team member's roles and responsibilities to avoid confusion and double efforts. When everyone knows their specific tasks and lane, it streamlines workflow and saves on wasted efforts.

  2. Effective Communication: Communication is the backbone of every team, especially in a lean environment. Establish open and transparent means of communication for collaboration, feedback, and decision-making. Leverage your tech tools like Slack or a PM tool to facilitate seamless communication.

  3. Leverage Tech Tools: Are you maximizing on the features of the tools you use? Or do you need to invest in tech solutions that automate repetitive tasks to streamline admin-related processes? Take some time to audit the project management, communication, and other systems you use in your daily work. Research new features to see if there's anything else you can use to improve your workflow. 

Remember, you are not alone in this.

During challenging times, it's important to stay focused on your mission and the reasons why you started this journey. By remaining committed to your core values, adapting when necessary, and viewing setbacks as opportunities for growth, you can navigate through the ebbs and flows of business and come out even stronger on the other side. 

Embrace the challenge, empower your team, and make adjustments as needed.

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