Americans are waiting in anticipation for Nov. 8, 2016. On this day, the next four years of the country will be decided as the new president is elected. This election has been arguably one of the most interesting and controversial in the nation's recent history. At times, people have felt more like they were watching a television show rather than the political process. However, that does not mean that the 2016 election was not rich with lessons. With all eyes on the candidates as the clock winds down, business leaders should note a few key takeaways from this election cycle.
Cybersecurity is important
One of the major talking points for this election were Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's emails and what they might mean for national security. While the FBI scrutinizes Secretary Clinton's electronic communications, business leaders should take a close look at their cybersecurity. CBS News reported that over 80 percent of companies in the U.S. were hacked in 2015 and that percentage is not expected to decline anytime soon. Your business should employee at least a small team of cybersecurity experts to keep your data and your customers' information protected.
Organized communication is important
A quick way that candidates can lose constituents is to poorly communicate their beliefs and goals. The same thing applies to businesses. If a company does not share its goals with its customers or clients, those partners may elect to take their business elsewhere. A business process management solution can help managers keep track of all communication with clients. It will make sure nothing gets lost in the shuffle and that each message gets a timely response. Organized communication can be the difference between loyal and dissatisfied clients.
Trust is everything
"Can we trust this candidate with the responsibility of running our country?" It is a question that is posed every election, but it seems to be at the forefront of the 2016 decision. Trust extends far beyond politics, however. As a business leader, your employees should feel confident in your ability to make the right decisions for the company. Additionally, your clients will want to know that you will handle their accounts well and have their best interests in mind. Trust is not always easily learned, but if you are a transparent leader and conduct yourself with integrity, you will likely find that your clients and co-workers respect you more.
As the election cycle winds down and the new president prepares to take office, keep the above lessons in mind for leading your company into the next chapter. The candidates' mistakes and successes can all be translated to the business world and applied to improve organizations. For more business management advice, visit www.AppWright.com.
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