2020…am I right?! This year has felt more like a punch line, than reality. Whew, it’s been a doozy. Uncertainty is the new norm, and adapting is the name of the game. It’s easy to focus on the negative in our current environment. To be honest, I’ve had my share of days in the last few months where I’ve done just that. Occasionally, I give myself permission to wallow. But only for a day or two. Then I put my big girl pants on, and move forward.
Often times, during a good “wallow session”, I’ll conduct a root cause analysis on myself. Yes, I know, it sounds completely ridiculous, and more than a little dorky, but honestly, it helps. The goal of my informal process is to try to identify what I’m feeling and why, so I can make a plan.
Recently, I recognized that I was feeling a lot of anxiety. Not only on a personal level, but on a leadership level as well. I was worried about the people I care about in my work environment. I worried about our economy, the financial sustainability of our organization, and especially, my ability as a leader to ensure everyone on my team would maintain their jobs. My worry intensified as my team looked to me for reassurance. I couldn’t turn-off my brain and I began having trouble sleeping. I started to wallow. I gave myself a solid 48 hours to sit with my anxiety and figure out the root cause of the stress I was feeling.
Here’s what I found; I felt out of control, and unprepared. After all, how can you plan for something as rare as a pandemic and a complete economic shutdown? That’s when it hit me; although I may not have ultimate control, I am prepared. Long before this unprecedented situation, my team and I had done the pre-work. Together, we had created an environment of continuous improvement and change. We had tackled long-standing problems, done the hard work, had the hard conversations, and implemented the necessary adjustments.
Most importantly, we had created adaptability. The vessels of our ability to adapt are the processes, expectations, and accountability we agreed on as a team. Now more than ever, organizations, leaders, teams, and individual contributor’s, need to be adaptable. The survival of a company depends on its ability to be flexible. We’ve all seen amazing examples of such flexibility in recent months, and we’ve watched those businesses thrive. Unfortunately, we’ve also seen many failures. Building the kind of flexibility organization’s need to survive the bad times, and flourish in the good times, starts with its lifeblood; Its people. How prepared is your organization?
If you’re feeling unprepared, the good news is, it’s not too late. There’s never been a better time to adjust or continue laying the foundation to build an agile team. If you’re ready to learn the secret’s to creating a culture conducive to thriving in an environment of change and uncertainty, reach out to us via our Techpeopleresources.com contact page, by phone, or through any of our social media platforms which can be found on our website.
Your employees will thank you!