date. october 26, 2022
loccation. the concrete jungle
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When was the last time the panic button truly resolved anything?
Despite research suggesting that it's quite common for leaders to react poorly when confronted with high-stress situations, learning how to remain grounded, present, and equanimous can be developed and practiced. Perhaps moments of turbulence are ideal learning opportunities for maintaining composure rather than during a full-blown crisis. Either way, reflecting on strategies for taking moments to pause, breathe, collect your thoughts, and process/assess a situation, will not only serve your well-being (on a daily basis) but will help keep others calm as well. Demonstrating how we want to show up as leaders is certainly easier when the seas are smooth, but knowing exactly how you'll show up in the face of adversity will truly reveal the impact that you have on others.
I won't attempt to use this brief post as an opportunity to offer detailed strategies, nor do I want to resort to makeshift "quick tips" or "one-size-fits-all solutions" for a topic that requires deeper exploration and context. Rather, I create inklings as visual catalysts to spark real conversations whether it's in the public comments posted on social media, via direct messages, or in person. Share your thoughts and experiences.
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