Episode one covers how we are in a unique time in our business careers. Leadership is measured in times like this.

We often judge ourselves by our good intentions while others judge us by our impact.

Full Transcript:

[00:00:40] Whilst in self isolation. So if the sound quality isn’t marvelous at all times, please forgive me. Crisis really has taken us [00:01:00] all unawares. And it was Warren buffet during the financial crisis, who said, “It’s only when the tide goes out. You see who’s really swimming in the nude.” And actually, this is really the leadership moment. This is going to be time when your mettle is tested to the full. There’s a lot of talk about the Olympics. And if we go back to the last Olympics in 2016, one of the features of the Rio Olympics is that there were more personal best recorded than anything the time, any other previous Olympics, but alongside that and even a higher volume of personal worsts recorded at the same time. This is like “The Leadership Olympics”. And the only difference between this Olympics and the Rio Olympic is  that at least the athletes had four years to prepare for Rio. People are going to have to turn up and they’re going to have to be at their best when times are at their worst.

[00:01:56] And that’s essentially what this podcast is designed to do [00:02:00] because in 25 years of helping leaders and corporate organizations to lead and manage their way through change in all forms of change, you’ve got chaos. Normally it’s with a small “c”, this one, this has got a capital “C” and the only time that we’ve ever or encountered anything like this before, but there are parallels was during the financial crisis.

[00:02:24] And one of the things that I see that I’ll be sharing with you is already parallels between how people responded and how people reacted during the 2008/2009 crash. And what I already see emerging in the current climate. One of the things that we’ve already seen around us, that some leaders are rising to the occasion, even our political leaders, economic leaders, some people are emerging and they’re really shiny.

[00:02:48] And they’re the ones who are going to get gold and others while they’re flunking the test. So the question is how are you going to perform during this time when your people are most in their hour of need? [00:03:00] They’re all going to be casualties in this whole situation, but your leadership and your leadership reputation doesn’t need to be one of them.

[00:03:09] Before we start off, one thing to reassure you is a comment that I came across from the war correspondent, Laura Marlowe. Recently, she made the observation that the one thing that she’s learned about war is that it always ends. And this is exactly the same. This is a period of time. It’s a period in your life.

[00:03:27] I’ll be at a critical one, but it’s going to end. And before we start off with the podcast and share with you, some of the things that we hope are going to be of help, the one thing that I’m going to ask you as a question, and the question is this, “When this is all over and it has ended, and you’re reflecting back on everything that happened between now and then how do you want your people to be speaking about how you showed up?”

[00:03:52] During the crisis, because that is what is going to determine your leadership reputation. Consider this. We all walked through [00:04:00] life, operating on the basis of our good intentions, because that’s how we judge ourselves. But other people don’t judge us by our good intentions. Other people judge us by our impact and how you impact your people, not how you intend to perform and behave during the next weeks and months is going to determine how people judge you.

[00:04:21] So let’s talk about your people to start with what sort of situation are they in? Well, they’re now facing a situation where their worst three fears are being realized the fear of mortality or extinction, the fear of separation and the fear of losing control. These are the three basic human fears and all three have got their boxes ticked in this environment.

[00:04:48] So what that does is it creates fear and anxiety. And what that does is it appeals to our survival brain and turns our survival brain into action. Far [00:05:00] more frequently. One of the things about leadership. Is that leaders typically underestimate the level of impact and influence that they have in their people.

[00:05:10] And I’m talking about here in peace time in war time, if people are already paying you attention in peace time in war time, they are absolutely trained on you. And the spotlight is focused on everything. You do, everything you say and everything you don’t do, it becomes amplified. One thing that people don’t want in a situation where they have high anxiety is nobody needs a nervous pilot.

[00:05:40] The thing you most need to bring to the table. Is calm. In this ocean of uncertainty that surrounds and engulfing your people. The one thing that they need is an anchor and you are it. How to become the anchor, how to remain calm, how to make calm, the [00:06:00] dominant emotion that is contagious as contagious as fear.

[00:06:05] That’s how, what we’re going to do, and that’s what we’re going to unpack in the remaining episodes.

[00:06:10] So in the meantime, stay safe, stay sane, stay connected.

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