Communicating hard truths about permanent job losses and badly needed structural changes to the economy during a downturn is never easy. Even more so when you come into office thinking the economy is about to recover and you’ll get the credit for it. But this is what Governor Jennifer Granholm had to navigate as her state of Michigan plummeted into economic recession in 2003. Tapping into her knowledge of adaptive leadership, she reached beyond her cohort and used technology to help communicate her message directly to people so they could appreciate the magnitude of the task ahead.
It’s a never an easy job, but with the advice of her husband Professor Dan Muhlhern and a dedicated team, she created her own Leadership Circle and wore the “suit” of Governor with respect and dignity.
In these clips she describes her experience when people want to hear that You are the solution, not that They are the solution and the pain of making budget cuts in a recession.
The pain of making budget cuts in a recession
When people want to hear that You are the solution, not that They are the solution