During A Crisis, Think About The Future
It may be difficult during an emergency or time of crisis to think along these lines, but a solid leader will usually have her or his eyes on what happens after a difficult time is over.
Our normal tendency during crisis periods is to survive, defend in place, protect our business and our employees, or other mission-critical items that have to be triaged.
Having the ability to steer a crisis towards a better future can be the difference between surviving and thriving after it’s all over.Tweet
And yet the future still needs to be considered during these times as well.
Consider these future-focused thoughts during a time of calamity:
- Rallying the team after pulling through the crisis
- Possible promotions for those who showed tremendous skills and behaviors
- Helping customers recover and get back on their feet
- Developing a new or revised crisis protocol plan
- Finding and developing a new system, technology, product or process that the crisis exposed
- Recovery of your organization, labor force and financial stewardship
While the mission-critical items of getting through a catastrophe intact are paramount, by keeping a mind on the future state that the crisis brings, a great leader can align actions towards faster recovery, quicker reparation of morale, and a stronger financial and operational platform for their organization to move forward … as well as plan better for any future calamities.
Being future-minded in a trying time is a matter of seeing the bigger picture than the crisis that’s present before everyone. Surviving the crisis is Job #1.
Having the ability to steer a crisis towards a better future can be the difference between surviving and thriving after it’s all over.
Stay calm and focused in every situation.