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The Human Element in Turnarounds: Empowering Teams for Success

By Dave Antrobus

As a Co-founder of Inc & Co, we deal with a whole range of business acquisitions, all very different from one another. One thing however that remains a constant through these processes is the nurturing that the teams require during what is usually a challenging time. In this blog, I’m exploring the human element needed in a company turnaround, and how this can help to go on to further success.

Acknowledging the Human Factor

In the chaos of acquisitions, it’s easy to forget that takeovers and turnarounds involve real people with real emotions. Recognising the significance of the human element marks the turning point towards a successful transformation. Empathy, understanding, and open communication set the foundation for building trust within the team. Leaders who lead with care inspire their teams to rise above challenges and embrace the journey together.

Nurturing a Positive Team Culture

A positive team culture is going to be the difference between everyone moving in the same direction or not. Cultivating an atmosphere of camaraderie, mutual respect, and appreciation for each team member’s unique contribution can work wonders during a turnaround. Celebrate victories, big and small, and uplift spirits during setbacks. Remember, a team that feels valued and supported will go above and beyond to achieve the shaFired vision.

Empowerment through Knowledge and Resources

In the face of uncertainty, empowerment through knowledge is a beacon of hope. Remember to equip your team with the necessary information and resources they need to excel. Conduct regular workshops, training sessions, and provide mentorship opportunities. Knowledge breeds confidence, and confident teams are better prepared to tackle challenges head-on.

The Power of Connection

Open and transparent communication is the lifeblood of any successful turnaround. Encourage a culture where team members feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and ideas without fear of judgment. When we take over a company, theres usually a lot to take in and everyone wants to give their account on previous matters. Active listening is key to understanding concerns and collectively finding solutions.

Celebrating Milestones and Personal Growth

In the midst of demanding turnarounds, it’s vital not to overlook the significance of celebrating milestones and personal growth. Recognise individual achievements, no matter how small, and applaud the collective progress towards the end goal. Encourage team members to reflect on their personal growth throughout the journey. Acknowledging and appreciating the progress will strengthen the team’s resilience and determination to achieve greatness.

As we continue to look for new opportunities for Inc & Co, we will always take steps to ensure the human element is considered. While strategies and numbers are crucial, it is the people who breathe life into these plans. If you would like to get in touch to discuss any opportunities between your company and Inc & Co, then please feel free to get in touch.

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Dave Antrobus Group CTO and Co-Founder