Talked to a good friend/client today. He's an officer in a fair sized regional corporation. Originally he was hired as a manager of one of the company's factories that was losing money. In, I believe, a year and a half he turned it around. I asked him about it.
"It wasn't too hard, really. Yes, there were people that had to go, but mostly I worked with everyone bottom to top to educate them where they fit in and how what they did for the company made a difference. Once someone knows how the system works, they'll bend over backwards to make it work and suggest ways to streamline and save money."
I'm only a lawyer, but to me it's that simple. I'm proud to have him as a friend and client.