disruption: February 12 – February 25
What if you could respond to a work crisis of any type and size?
After each disruptive event, the new state is not automatically predetermined. In the immediate aftermath, there is a deep void of uncertainty. A brief period before the new shape is fully formed and outcomes are up for grabs. From this chasm of confusion and loss, the power of disruption can be acquired. Tap into its residual energy and you can turn fate into positive opportunity and survive misfortune with action. Disruption then becomes an empowered gift.
resolve to: harness energy
Some years, I hate the holidays. So this year I’m applying my own advice and looking at my abc’s of different for new options and ideas. Here are some different various approaches I came up with for holiday survival under the words for the letters d, f, g, I and m.
different words for holiday survival
disruption: Tap into the residual energy created from the explosive disruption of all things holiday and demands of the season to bring forth happiness and joy.
fractals: Find good will patterns of the past year, then repeat and scale them throughout these holiday times and the new year.
golden eggs: Allow all the geese that lay within your realm to lay their eggs unencumbered by yours or other’s failures of the past and expectations of the future so they will truly be golden gifts of hope.
imperfection: Know somewhere in your desire for the perfect holiday can be found beautiful imperfections that, like shining ornaments on the tree, will reflect the true beauty of the season.
moving sidewalks: Employ the positive sentiments of the season as your moving sidewalk assists to help you create your part of peace on earth and best wishes for the new year!
The holidays are stressful times. Continue reading
Great article! Everyone in any group, whether big or small, or whether they lead it or not needs to read this article, in full! – CAL
Every Leader Needs a Challenger in Chief – Noreena Hertz – Harvard Business Review.
“We are drawn to those who echo what it is we already believe. We get a dopamine rush when we are presented with confirming data similar to what we get when we eat chocolate or fall in love. On Facebook we defriend those with different political views to our own. On Twitter we follow people just like us.
Yet a vast body of research now points to the import of contemplating diverse, dissenting views. Not just in terms of making us more rounded individuals but in terms of making us smarter decision-makers.
Dissent, it turns out, has a significant value.”
We get so focused in our busy lives that we forget bad stuff just happens. Well, it happened in Oklahoma. The Good News: The American Red Cross is there, sending you, us, we the people, rushing from across the country into less than ideal situations to help other people. No tax payer money pays for plane fares, food, water and places to sleep for these volunteers. Read their stories.
So if you can’t go, help send others who can.
Send money and help others help others
Learn how to be a volunteer
And don’t forget your local chapters. In my area when a smaller disaster hits, say a house fire in the middle of the night, my local Red Cross DAT (Disaster Action Team) members are among the first responders too. If you have no where to go, can’t reach friends or family at 3 a.m., ’cause wouldn’t you know it, this is the one night they turned off the cell phone or their battery died, or you rushed out of the fiery, smokey house so fast you left your phone behind and who remembers phone numbers any more!? Whatever the circumstance, your local American Red Cross chapter is there to help you, for free, except of course, it’s not. They need money too. Find your local chapter and support.
The deaths of the Beth Butler and Butch Baker is, of course, an example of physical violence. Their killing is also an example of workplace violence. Policing was the officers’ work. The Santa Cruz community in which they were shot was their workplace. Theirs’ was dangerous work. As was beautifully pointed out by their family, friends and colleagues, they choose this work not because they liked danger. They were the kind of people who wanted to use their smarts, talents and hearts to help and protect others. Police work helped them enact a first line of defense against those who would assault others, to be peace officers.
In Memoriam, Continue reading
What if you knew how to respond to a work crisis,
no matter how small or big?
Moving forward … ok, easier said then done. Here are ideas to help. In Part 1, I talked about the three steps of acknowledgement around disruptive events. In summary, we need to acknowledgement that:
- A disruptive event(s) has happened
- Change has already occurred; things will never be the same
- The disruptive change event has residual energy that can be harnessed, tapped into, for good outcomes
Let’s look at these three in more depth. Continue reading