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Administration of Change: The Obama Impact on Economic Policy

The Obama Impact on Economic PolicyThe Obama administration faces some of the greatest economic challenges the nation has encountered in two generations, and expectations for change are high. Explore our perspectives on how public and private organizations can implement real and lasting solutions.

To Survive or Thrive? Staying Strong in a Challenging Economy

Jessica Blume, Associate National Managing Director, Clients & Industries, Deloitte Consulting LLP 

Jessica BlumeWith our nation in the midst of a serious economic crisis, organizations and individuals alike are being forced to rethink short- and long-term business and operational strategies. When the economy is strong, many companies can grow even if they don’t operate at the highest level of efficiency or focus tightly on the most profitable activities. But when the economy turns downward, organizations that continue to operate as they did in more bountiful times can quickly run into trouble. The good news is that refocusing and rebalancing can help companies ride out the stresses of a downturn and emerge prepared for improved growth. Importantly, renewed focus on operational discipline can position companies for more profitable growth.  

Today’s challenges are great: financial markets are unstable; commodity prices are in flux; housing, automotive and other industries must fight for survival; millions are newly unemployed.

But there are positive indicators, if you know where to look. Companies and organization are thinking about thriving in the downturn by growing smart; finding emerging merger and acquisition opportunities; simplifying their business models; “leaning out” operations; shifting fixed costs to variable costs; managing talent proactively; and bolstering planning disciplines.

And, the new administration is gearing up to tackle national problems; Wall Street is taking a more watchful stance; businesses are restructuring; globalization is taking root; talent is becoming more of a sought-after commodity; and greening issues are increasingly at the forefront.

Real and lasting solutions to corporate and organizational issues loom large in the new year. Indeed, the expectations for change are great.

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