Nervousness, anxiety, overwrought, overwhelmed, fearful, agitated; these are all catalysts to one feeling like they are in a state of panic. The panic state often leads to hasty, illogical decision making, which can result in worsening an already percieved bad situation or ceasing any momentum towards a destination. Before reaching over to press the proverbial “panic button”, you have to pause long enough to ask yourself, “is there anything I can do to prevent this”?.
My answer is always a resounding YES to this question. To provide a perfect example when the temptation of pushing the panic button seems like the most viable option, let me explain a situation we are currently experiencing within my organization.
We have recently acquired new sales branches and piloted them on the first release of a new technology platform. As with any pilot, we are still resolving a host of issues and will continue to do so until we roll out subsequent releases of the platform. This uncertainty can cause a state of panic to many unfamiliar with the realities of software development and deployment processes.
Avoiding the panic button is as simple as bringing all of the issues you are experiencing to the FORE-front. The FORE-front equates to: seeking and being receptive to Feedback, taking Ownership of the issues you are experiencing, remembering the Relationships you have in place and Executing on a new or altered plan that maneuvers you around the panic button.
Feedback – a true measure of where you are and possibly where you are heading, is to listen to what those around you are saying. Listening to those around you, especially those working through issues on a daily basis, helps you to truly assess the situation and provide sound decisions.
Ownership – before a sound decision can be reached, the situation has to be understood in totality and to truly understand something you have to possess it on some level. Taking ownership means you have to privately and publicly acknowledge the issues.
Relationships – people believed in you enough to put you in the position to make the decision that led to the issues you are experiencing, so the important thing to remember is they believed in you once and most likely they still do. Transparency is the key to maintaining the trust you’ve built with them.
Execution – once you have all of the facts and assessed the issues, it’s time to make a decision to alter your existing plan or institute a new one. A timely decision needs to be made, but remember that a hasty decision can put you back in the place where you currently are.
So when it feels as though the ground is beginning to shake beneath you and your mind is spinning at the force of a tornado, remember to back away from the nearest panic button. Bring everything to the FORE-front to avoid a hasty decision that can potentially put you back in a state of panic.
Take Action: If there is something driving you towards pressing the panic button, either from a personal or professional perspective, decide today to check out the FORE-front to help you maneuver around that panic button.
Leadership on the Go…It’s O.N.