It is no secret that work today is more demanding than ever. With the bottom-line orientation of budget-constrained organizations as the new way of life, the increasing need for output without a proportionate increase in personnel is driving shareholders, executives and managers to demand more from those who work for them, as well as from themselves.

Getting recharged and tackling tough decisions in these tough times requires a new, hardened approach by managers, with an eye toward pragmatically achieving results. Everyone in businesses of all types and sizes faces this new reality: the requirement to do more with less, deliver more and increase more without a total emotional drain.

The work environment of today requires what I call tough management, which is a way to approach work in a practical, reasonable and organized way to get to decisions more easily, make the numbers on a consistent basis, have those around you understand where you stand and increase the business.

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