[MMM] Leading During Pandemic Fears: Panicked or Practical?

We live in interesting times.

 

When a person uses the word “interesting,” you usually have to pause to consider what they are saying. To be frank, usually, it’s a softer way of saying “troubling” times.

 

We had a team meeting on Friday to discuss all the different realities of a world & economy seemingly more & more concerned about the health impacts of the Coronavirus.

 

You hear the words,

 

Concerned
Troubling
Unusual
Unprecedented

 

Two other words are bandied about,

 

Pandemic
Panic

 

I am not a health specialist; however, our work involves leading & managing change &, at times, crisis. I would suggest this falls into the latter category.

 

The key to leading & managing any significant disruption in your organization or life is how you conduct yourself. You can only lead others as you are leading yourself.

 

I want to suggest five other words that will be important in these coming days & weeks as we work through this global reality.

 

Preparation
Plan
Prioritization
Pragmatic
Positive

 

I say this out of personal experience. CareerJoy started amidst the deepest downturn in the tech sector in the early 2000s.

 

I asked these five questions:

 

How do I prepare for this new reality?
What new business plan do I need to create?
Which priorities is most important right now?
Pragmatically, what do I need to stop doing & start doing immediately?
Where are the new opportunities & what positive are found in the current reality?

 

It is fairly easy to lead others & yourself in sunny days. The real test is the inevitable challenging days that arrive in unexpected circumstances.

 

This begs the question: Will you lead out of pandemic fear or as a pragmatic optimist?

 

This too shall pass.

 

Along the road with you!

 

Alan

 

P.S. Find the right career that fits all your needs, interests and passions. Join our next CareerClass Webinar to learn how to identify which type of transition or pivot will help you meet your career goals. Register to save your space for March 11 at 12 pm eastern time.

 

P.P.S. Want to better prepare yourself and your organization for uncertainty? Reach out to Jason Parks, VP of Business Development to get started at jason.parks@careerjoy.com or 1-877-256-2569 ext 600.