How the Recession Improved Our Lives
Raising the body count just because you can
This won't fly with either presidential candidate, but I'll say it anyway - don't rush out to hire back all the positions you eliminated during the recession. Sure, some left a big hole, and remaining staff had to pick up the pieces (sometimes really large pieces). But let's face it - you weren't doing everything wrong before the recession, but because of it, you've had to learn to do some things differently - and that may mean better.
Will you hire differently as a result of these learnings? Are there different skill sets, or did some staff pick up new tasks that stretched them into becoming far better employees than they were pre-recession? Having the largest head-count on your team isn't the right measure of success. Instead, focus on having the right balance of people who can get the job done and have opportunities to grow and learn and surprise you - and sometimes even themselves.
So, that's my list. What changes did you make to survive the recession that turned out to be smart strategic decisions? Share them in the comments below, since it's never too late to learn another good idea!
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Pamela Barden is an independent fundraising consultant focused on direct response. You can read more of her fundraising columns here.