Apr 27, 2012

Leading into the Unknown – Part I

“The only thing that’s constant is change.” It seems the world is spinning at an ever faster rate each day. And, for the business executive, it’s speeding up exponentially. What are the imperatives for a business executive to, not just survive, but flourish?

Be authentic –

Being confident in who you are, the vision of your organization’s future, and sharing that with clarity to your organization is important during times of change. When people know that you are trustworthy and credible, then, even when you don’t have the answers and when you do make mistakes, they will be forgiving and supportive.

Which one do we use, plan A, plan B, or Plan C?

Physical and psychological stamina –

Your job is already demanding of you. You have other responsibilities and obligations outside of your job to attend to. Where is the stamina going to come

from to get everything done? You must find time to disengage from everything going on around you, even if it’s for five minutes at a time. The book “The Power of Full Engagement” shows several case studies of helping people, like yourself, to learn to take short breaks at specific intervals so that stamina can be rebuilt. Taking time to meditate each morning when you wake up, even for just a few minutes, can help your mind be at peace as you approach each day’s activities. Learning to control your thought patterns is another necessary step to learn if you plan on thriving in today’s business world, not just survive.

Adaptable thinking –

With things always changing, the last decision that brought success quickly becomes obsolete. You must challenge ‘the way it’s always been done’. If an idea feels comfortable, then it may not be the right decision. Be ready to lead with innovation and creativity. The only way that will happen is if your mind is at peace with itself and not feeling like the world is spiraling out of control.We’ll take a look at three more items that will help you lead into the unknown in the next post.

Creating forward motion,

Dr. Edward Lewellen

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