We are facing some tough times and hard decisions that need to be made quickly as we try to sell our house.Its been daunting for both my wife and I at times. New things to fix, sign this (these!), how to qualify, when can we move, where best to allocate our funds, mortgage payments we can afford, when do we have to be out, the list goes on. Similar to this latest post by the Leadership Freak, its time to hang on during turbulent times; time to sink or swim, and sail through this turbulence…
I chartered a sailboat for our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. It was clear, sunny, and we could see the shores of St. Croix, when the captain invited me to “take the helm.”
Even a former farm boy can steer the boat in calm waters. I felt more important than I was. But…
Leaders matter most during storms.
Turbulent times and threatening circumstances call for skillful leadership. People depend on you. Challenging times make or break you and those around you. Rise up.
Your response impacts their response.
7 Surprising secrets to sailing in rough seas:
- Give power don’t take it. Tough times paralyze powerless people. Stifle your inner control freak!
- People feel most powerful when they feel in control. I still remember the feeling of holding the helm. I wasn’t doing much but I felt in control. Focus on controllable behaviors not uncontrollable circumstances.
- Ramp up compassion; tone down harshness. Embrace the tension…
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