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Surviving the Summer Slump -Pt 4: 6 Ways to Lead When People Leave in the Summer

John Gilman June 19, 2013


“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” ~Shakespeare.

“back to life, back to reality” ~Soul II Soul a 90’s dance sensation

The Summer Slump won’t last forever. As the weather cools, the vacations will end and people will settle back in their routines. Your job is to be ready for them the minute reality smacks them in the face.

Here are 6 ways you can lead when people leave in the summer.

Chillax a Bit

Give people breathing room. Expect a percentage of key people to be out, and don’t pressure them to change their plans. People travel, and will be busy.  Relax. Enjoy your summer, and let them enjoy theirs.

Lead a Little

Don’t waste the summer. Leadership isn’t easy, and leaders sacrifice. Factor the Summer Slump into your strategic plan. Focus on only a few growth areas. Less is more, because not much will get done in the summer sun.

Read Something Small

Get a need to read book into people’s hands. Discuss the books with the people and get their reactions online or in person. Pick a small and focused book…not a huge War-and-Peace-sized book. Nobody has time for that. Remember, a portion of Scripture is a great place to start.

Training Trips

Send people to good conferences. Find the lay leaders and staff that have passion and the time. They’ll love you for it. Purchase digital passes to major conferences, and ask your leaders to watch key sessions.

Virtual Gatherings

There are several awesome ways to do this. Use it, and don’t abuse it. Have an agenda. Test the program you’d like to use several times before your meeting. No one wants to waste time messing with technology.

A Little of Everything

Everyone won’t be able to attend all the great summer training you’ve planned, but don’t give up. Provide multiple training opportunities to reach the most people. Use podcasts, blogs, virtual meetings, and videos to get them the training they need.


Check Out the Summer Slump Part 1 or Part 2 or Part 3  and share your ideas on Surviving the Summer Slump here in comments or on the ACS Technologies Facebook page.


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