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Crashing through Uncertainty

By: Sam Cawthorn (view speaker details)

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Rhinos can run over 45km an hour (26 miles) but they can only see 9 metres in front of them. So do you know what a group of Rhinos are called?

… a 'CRASH'!

Uncertainty is surrounding us and closing in faster then ever. Rapid change is becoming one of the only catalysts for growth and is now the norm.

Through all this uncertainty we need to continually create environments for collaboration, innovation and embracing opportunity when it arises.

Below are 3 Ways to help you crash through uncertainty:

1. Process Mastery

One of the greatest challenges that many businesses and organizations face internally is the efficiency and effectiveness of processes. Creating efficient and effective processes that give the results needed are important, but encouraging environments of Continuous Improvement within these processes ensures excellence in maximizing productivity. Continuing to create cultures of improvement within our processes, helps us crash through uncertain times.

2. Be aware of your re-Actions

I have just CELEBRATED my 5-year anniversary since I had my accident. This accident put me on life support for a week and left me with an amputated right arm and a permanent disability to my right leg. Looking back at the uncertainty of my wife, family and colleagues during my time in hospital, I recently asked a question to my wife, Kate.

"How did you get through ALL the uncertainty?"

She said, "I was never uncertain about whether Sam would wake or not, I was more uncertain about how he would react when he awoke. However the doctors said to me that the most important thing is how Sam sees you react".

Too often as leaders we worry about how the team reacts but it's the actions of YOUR reaction that they monitor.

3. Managing Crises

With crises happening all around us it is imperative for the leader, the manager and the staff member to know how to get through these and continue to move forward. Yet far too many people waste valuable time in damage control and analyse what went wrong instead of seeing the possibilities within the problem. Reframing the crisis into an opportunity can be the make or break decider for a team in Bouncing Forward.

Uncertainty is at the forefront of everyone's mind, yet making uncertainty work for us is imperative. We cannot see exactly what's coming ahead, but if we continue to CRASH forward even though we cannot see in front of us, just like the Rhino, we can create the environments of profitable growth needed.

Be a Rhino… 
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