Bring Calm To The Storm
Whenever you live from a place of reaction, life is the master and you are its slave. Whenever you lead from a place of reaction, especially strong reactions, you fail to lead. There will always be storms. The question is, will those storms define you? Or will they elevate you to a new level of capability? Today, I teach the hallmark quality of strong personal leadership – your ability to bring calm to the storm.
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Bring Calm To The Storm – Personal leadership 101 (Summary Notes)
My ad agency had just hit the top ten list in Austin, Texas- which shocked me. Most of our clients were family owned jewelry stores. Meaning, we didn’t manage any national campaigns. So when we hit the list, I got fired up.
My clients were happy. My business was taking off. Life was good.
The first plane hit the north tower as my full time guy was on his way in to work. Just after he arrived, the second plane hit the south tower. And in that surreal moment, it became clear to me … our country was under attack.
Within a day or so, I was in triage mode. Why? My strong sense of Personal Leadership demanded nothing less.
Personal Leadership Gets Effective To Get Results
My clients had hundreds of radio and tv ads running in sixteen markets. Somehow, the idea of running jewelry ads in the midst of all that was happening didn’t land well with me.
So we yanked every single ad.
I decided to ghost write a letter from my clients, a letter that we would run as full page ads in all the various market’s we served. It wasn’t a gimmick. I knew the hearts of my clientele. Most of them were parents with kids still at home.
And they were scared. Overwhelmed. Stressed. What would happen to their business? Most of them owned multi generational retail stores.
My job was to write the words they could not write. The words buried deep in their hearts but hidden underneath the overwhelm and despair.
I brought calm to the storm.
The Hallmark Quality Of Personal Leadership
In today’s coaching session, we’ll explore the hallmark quality of strong personal leadership … your ability to bring calm to the storm.
How do you react when life throws you a curve? Do you go off? Do you retreat? Or do calmly lead? Keeping a level head on the job is an inside job. The Personal Leadership Philosophy understands that who you are is how you lead.
What about your blindspots? What happens when they haunt you? We all have blind spots, a dark side. That’s actually not the issue. The issue is whether or not we handle those blind spots in an effective manner. The Personal Leadership Philosophy is deeply rooted on a commitment to peak effectiveness.
And what about those tough times where you have nothing left to give? We’ll all been there to some degree. We’re exhausted and spent. What then? It’s during those moments that your Personal Leadership skills matter the most.
When we have nothing left to give and your Personal Leadership training appears to show you the way, that’s the difference between success and failure.
Whenever you are in a place of reaction, life is the master, and you are it’s slave. Strong reactions are born of strong emotions and strong emotions, left unchecked, will always take you hostage. That’s the big takeaway as to the value of embracing The Personal Leadership Philosophy.
Personal Leadership In Your Professional Life
How do you react to professional setbacks? You get fired. Your business starts to tank. Your industry radically changes. Do you react or do you lead? Personal Leadership will teach you the difference.
And what of the everyday pressures of being a business owner, freelancers, or senior manager? How do you handle the daily pressures and stress? Again, we back to that core question of, do you react or do you lead? The Personal Leadership Philosophy brings calm to the storm, those within you, those happening in your world.
Finally, how to react to intense moments of crisis? Do you melt down, react, or retreat? Or do you calmly and authoritatively, from a highly effective place? The Personal Leadership Philosophy will teach you the latter. No what happens, Personal Leadership skills ensure you bring calm to the storm.
Whenever you lead from a place of reaction, especially strong reactions, you fail to lead. Whenever you try to force solutions, versus calmly finding the right solutions, nothing gets solved. Nothing progresses.
Personal Leadership 101: Bring Calm To The Storm In (3) Steps
- First and foremost, choose to rise above the chaos of the moment. That’s the heart and soul of developing strong Personal Leadership skills, your ability to rise above the chaos to get perspective.
- Secondly, take ownership of the situation. The Personal Leadership version of ownership is not about bravado nor saving the day. The Personal Leadership version is about getting real to get effective, no matter where that may lead.
- Finally, the third step is making the conscious choice to always live in the solution. Personal Leadership is all about becoming obsessed with making solutions happen.
But There Is A Price To Be Paid
Nothing in this life is free. Everything has a price to include developing the kind of Personal Leadership skills that get results.
- You’ll have to choose to answer to a higher standard. And that choice cannot be situational. It’s an all in or all out equation.
- You’ll have to choose wisdom and effectiveness over power and speed. The latter two feel good but accomplish little.
- You’ll have to get REALLY GOOD at observing more and reacting less. As I said at the beginning of this podcast, reactionary living and leading makes you a slave to your emotions.
Here’s Your Homework
Grab an index card that measures 5×7. On one side, write out the three step formula for bringing calm to the storm:
- Get Perspective
- Rapidly Take Ownership Of The Situation
- Live In The Solution
On the other side of the index card, write the big payoffs you’ll get by becoming practicing The Personal Leadership Philosophy on a daily basis. Keep your index card on your desk at all times.
“Patience is the companion of wisdom” … Saint Augustine