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  1. CLEAR FOCUS. 
  2. WELL FUNCTIONING TEAM 
  3. SHORT ENOUGH RAIN 
  4. SUITABLE MOOD TO DRIVE THE CHANGE


Regardless of where your operations are in the development curve your management and leadership toolbox is in practice the same.

In the growth mode you constantly seek new opportunities and analyze the results of the investments you have done.  Are we doing right things? Are we doing enough or too much? Are we utilizing opportunities and are we wasting some of them? Are we investing too much or too little?  You are constantly paranoid in a productive way.

In the downturn you keep this constructive paranoia but you can see that your planning horizon is getting shorter.  Your choices are getting more limited.  You are less tolerant for failure.  You have fewer possibilities and you must choose.

Finally in crisis when there is no money and no time you have only one silver bullet to fire and that has to hit the target.

In the crisis the dominant leadership is more coercive and understandably less democratic.  This does not mean that you do not have a need for the whole breath of leadership tools.