Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Step Back from the Edge
I woke up this morning and saw the sun rise as it did yesterday, and for millennia of days before that. There were no reports of hell having frozen over. No flying pigs have been reported. At least in my area of the world, the sky remains firmly above my head.
Fundamentally there have been no changes to my life. It is, as they say, business as usual. Oh, except for the fact that the US did the unexpected – to some, the unthinkable – they elected Donald Trump as their next President.
Several months ago I posted a blog entitled “Lessons from the Donald” (http://leadersthatinspire.blogspot.ca/2016/03/lessons-from-donald.html)
Things are seldom as bad as they look, nor as rosy as expected. As the leader, your main responsibility now is to keep your team focused on the present. No one can state with certainty how the next four years will unfold because Trump steadfastly stuck to a platform essentially devoid of policy specifics.
If things are working well for you, stay the course. If results are less than planned, the election outcome does not change your responsibility to respond to the competitive environment and plan accordingly. You cannot use the election as either crutch or an incentive. It is one moment in time. Don’t lose perspective.
I did not have a vote. Therefore I have nothing to celebrate or mourn. I have only something else to consider in making my plans.
Your leadership role is unchanged. Deal with the facts, not the emotions of events. Be the calm in the midst of the storm. Those who look to you for leadership are perhaps more in need of it today than last week. Rise above the noise; maintain clarity of mind; pursue the passions that have motivated you in the past. Deal with the imperfect just as you always have.
At the end of the day, the moon will again take its place in the heavens to be followed by sun in the morning. T’was always thus.