How you handle rejection can make the difference in turning “no” into an offer. The key is to react in such a way that gives the person rejecting you a reason to re-think their position.
The strongest leaders get that it’s not about them. It’s about the others. Whether you call them “first followers” or “front line,” leadership is about inspiring and enabling others to do their absolute best together to realize a meaningful and rewarding shared purpose.
Sooner or later JCPenney is going to go away. The best thing their new/old CEO Myron Ullman can do is to make it go away as soon as possible. The faster he can sell its assets to one of the winning retailers, the better for all involved.
Align everyone around a meaningful and rewarding shared purpose.
Execute against that purpose on a societal, business and individual level with the discipline to keep the efforts separate.
Leverage the synergies. There are always synergies between efforts with the same purpose.