You may have heard that people show their true colours when they are under pressure. In psychology–speak, we say that the default response, the most well-worn brain pattern, is the one that shows up when the proverbial stuff hits the fan. The question is: how effective is your default response inside the pressure cooker of sudden, unexpected tough stuff in your workplace? Do you manage this off-the-cuff stuff well and produce positive outcomes during a crisis? Or is that the very moment that things tend to fall apart?
A crisis presents as a particular type of tough stuff, most often characterised by unexpectedness, uncertainty, a threat to important goals or a change to demands.
We believe there are three key areas to address in effectively dealing with a crisis. They are:
- how you turn up to a crisis situation
- how you deal with the aftermath
- how you prepare for future crisis events.
In this chapter we will unpack these points and discuss how you can apply them to the off-the-cuff stuff in your workplace.
Turning up to a crisis situation
Successfully dealing with tough stuff that occurs in the moment rarely requires just a reactive response. Most, if not all, leaders who handle the off-the-cuff stuff well share a common characteristic: they proactively arm themselves with the right way of ...