The Dreaded 'x' Is Come Again🙁

The Dreaded 'x' Is Come Again🙁


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Good = f (Bad)

Let's start with layoffs.

Facing a layoff can be a daunting task for any team.

There are many issues to tackle, such as adjusting schedules, changing plans and goals, dealing with team morale, etc. It can be overwhelming when many team members experience this situation for the first time. As the department leader, you must remain level-headed and handle several areas of responsibility, including:

  • Business progress adjustments

  • Communicating with parallel departments about collaboration issues

  • Plans Defining the scale and pace of layoffs Calming down team members

  • Find out various unexpected hidden difficulties, and more With so many things to take care of

  • the department head must first understand their responsibilities.

Turn "Bad" Things into "Good" Things

This is a regular thing. When business performance is poor, the company may need to reduce headcount. This type of thing happens all the time; it is just that it is the first time you have experienced it.

During this process, everyone will face their thoughts. It is essential to think forward and take the next step. The only thing that is not important is self-pitying in negative emotions.

Layoffs themselves are not brutal, and layoffs should not be the goal. The goal should be that every person becomes more robust after the layoff, the team becomes more muscular, and the business becomes more robust.

The basic principle is turning a "bad" thing into a "good" one.

The Dreaded 'x'

During this process, it was found that a considerable number of team members fell into negative emotions. This includes those who have to leave and those who have to stay.

Complaining, fear and negativity can all influence each other. Negative emotions are naturally highly contagious.

"Good things don't go out, but bad things spread for miles."

One of the most important reasons is that they are involved parties. We can think about this problem using a work-based approach.

We can define this situation as variable "x," and we need to turn this negative variable "x" into a positive variable "y" through the function:

y = f (x) ==> Good = f (Bad)

Then, we can analyze the factors that affect "x" and it will be easier to conclude with "y"

The company should maintain continuous delivery capability, and the progress and plan adjustments should be communicated promptly, accurately, and transparently to all stakeholders to ensure everyone is on the same page.

For everyone, learning how to face "x" with the right mindset is their most significant opportunity for growth.

Everyone will face countless difficulties and challenges in life and work, and learning how to face problems is the most difficult part. Many team members have grown in different ways through this process, such as:

  • Improving their skills and competitiveness

  • Ensuring that everything is business-oriented and ensuring business growth for everyone's safety. Actively dealing with problems rather than complaining.

In conclusion, this is an excellent way to handle most negative things individuals encounter.

Define each difficulty you face as "x," and then write the logic of "Good = f (Bad)."

This method can help turn negative things into positive ones.


"The basic principle is to turn a 'bad' thing into a 'good' thing. It is appropriate to turn a good thing into a good thing, foolish to turn a good thing into a bad thing, and mediocre to turn a bad thing into a bad thing.

A person's value lies in turning a bad thing into a good one, which is also the fundamental difference from others."

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