Difficult Economic Times
A study by McGraw-Hill revealed that companies that maintained focus on people and marketing during a recession realized a 275% rebound when the economy recovered. Those that cut spending to people and marketing only saw a 19% rebound from their low point.
If all you are looking for is a small improvement you can likely just tweak your existing system to meet your goal. If you are looking for a total shift in your culture or to meet stretch goals you may need to bust your old system and develop a completely new one. This will take courage, trust, communication and leadership.