6 questions for big-company leaders in Washington

Written by D, a, v, i, d, , e, l, e, s A Chicago-based executive coaching and training firm called EQ Management Group has this to say about the current situation in Washington: “The…

6 questions for big-company leaders in Washington

Written by D, a, v, i, d, , e, l, e, s

A Chicago-based executive coaching and training firm called EQ Management Group has this to say about the current situation in Washington:

“The confidence of their clients and stakeholders has been shaken. The inability to follow through on previously stated promises in increasing federal infrastructure spending has resulted in a negative impact on infrastructure projects and the overall demand for our products and services. In large part, this is a systemic issue with our government. It has been in the making for years with a lack of real progressive investment that has yielded weak economic growth.”

Based on the team’s years of experience with enterprise IT, specifically in information technology, advisory and legal services, here are six unique questions and answers regarding how big-company leaders think about starting or returning to work, with answers that indicate the way forward for the Washington team.

1. How has this situation affected morale and performance?

Absolutely disastrous, and this will have to be resolved in significant changes in policy. We expect this to be a long-lasting effect on the federal government.

2. What can leaders do now to move forward?

Take a close look at policies to try to better utilize available talent by managing more effectively by letting go of those who are not making progress. Clear goals and clear metrics to measure success are essential for effective management.

3. How has this situation affected your portfolio?

It impacts our portfolio of services a great deal. In general, IT is being sidelined in both civil and military government. In particular, it is causing significant problems with the implementation of critical software and systems in our government system. Many of our contracts for ‘IT services’ may not be current and are subject to termination.

4. What does this mean for employees’ job security?

It comes down to priorities. It isn’t a time for cuts or reorganization of anything. It is a time for fighting this going forward.

5. What management issues could be solved in 60 seconds?

Keep in mind how much of a piece defense and homeland security are to our nation. The decisions that are being made will have a very long-term impact. Many people expect the White House to ‘keep its promises’ and actually deliver on policy goals. All of us need to prepare ourselves and be proactive if we want to be involved in fulfilling those goals.

6. How did you survive a time like this?

Our journey as an organization is a combination of broad changes in work that are (incredibly) dynamic and constantly changing. We are extremely fortunate that we are in a relationship with an individual that has a vision and mission that is aligned with ours. We have had to make some changes to operate more efficiently and perhaps even more importantly, have positioned ourselves to be in a better position to pass on the same challenge if it is again necessary. We have also had to ask ourselves some questions as we have been faced with the potential of losing our jobs.

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