Navigating a crisis will teach you tons about people you lead by J Loren Norris

 

Navigating a crisis will teach you tons about people you lead by J Loren Norris

 

https://www.jlorennorris.com/podcast/navigating-a-crisis-will-teach-you-tons-about-people-you-lead?ct=t(BLOG_feed_to_ell)&mc_cid=65f6066774&mc_eid=39cb1b893f

 

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED SO FAR IN THIS CRASH COURSE ON CRISIS NAVIGATION?

 

 

 

Here are a few things I have learned just by observing people through conversations, social media and other interactions:

 

 

 

    Personal preconceived biases are real and drive behavior subconsciously.

 

    Political affiliations and loyalties drive more decisions than most admit.

 

    Whoever signs your check buys your loyalty.

 

    Covronavirus does not check your race card, gender identity, sexual preference, age, political party affiliation, bank balance or genealogy at the door - if effects who ever it pleases.

 

    Some people turn to deepen their faith in times of crisis.

 

    Some lose their faith.

 

    Some relocate their faith.

 

    Some seek out new ideas, new ways to generate income - a new side hustle.

 

    Some demand the government meet their bills for them.

 

    Some people are inclined to change their opinions in a crisis.

 

    Some people change their loyalties in a crisis.

 

    Some people reveal their hidden loyalties in a crisis.

 

    Some people hide to wait out the crisis hoping normal returns.

 

    Some people “take advantage” of the crisis as an opportunity to gain ground they have not been able to gain previously.

 

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED?

 

INDUSTRY OUTSIDERS ARE OFTEN BETTER INNOVATORS

 

https://www.jlorennorris.com/podcast/industry-outsiders-are-often-better-innovators?ct=t(BLOG_feed_to_ell)&mc_cid=65f6066774&mc_eid=39cb1b893f

 

WHAT IF THE OUTSIDER IS THE ONE TO REINVENTS YOUR INDUSTRY?

 

AMAZON, iTunes, Netflix NONE OF THESE WERE LEADERS OF THE INDUSTRY THEY NOW DOMINATE.

 

If you are a leader in your industry look around and ask yourself the question: What industry outsider has proposed ideas which seem to make sense with a few tweaks? Now, look for opportunities to partner with them!

 

It has been true of almost every major innovation, from Henry Ford and the automobile assembly line, to Ray Crock and the franchise model which shifted the fast food market.

 

Certain elements will always dominate innovation in any business or industry:

 

    Speed to market.

 

    Mastered processes.

 

    Refined customer need alignment.

 

    Raw goods to final product systemization.

 

    Competitive pricing.

 

    Market positioning.

 

    Ruthless but respectful promotion.

 

However, thinking outside the box and removing the box altogether offers greater opportunity to growth than simply stretching the existing model.

 

Try something new. Ask someone who is a thinker and knows nothing of your business. The less they know, the more challenging their questions will be. Chances are, there is some process, system, “way of doing things” which hasn’t been questioned in decades, maybe even generations.

 

An outsider, like a good coach, can ask you those irritating questions such as “WHY do you still do it that way?”

 

If you will take the time to consider the answer and look for other ways to do the same thing, you might stumble on the next 2 cent million dollar idea!

 

IF THE CRISIS WERE OVER IN A FEW SHORT WEEKS, WILL YOU HAVE INVESTED THE TIME? PASSED THE TIME? OR WASTED THE TIME?

 

https://www.jlorennorris.com/podcast/if-the-crisis-were-over-in-a-few-short-weeks-will-you-have-invested-the-time-passed-the-time-or-wasted-the-time?ct=t(BLOG_feed_to_ell)&mc_cid=65f6066774&mc_eid=39cb1b893f

 

Most Americans admire or are envious of the European Holiday. Not just the destinations but the 30 days of respite. 30 days to rest, relax, recoup and rejuvenate. 30 days to do what ever you wish. 30 days to unplug from the daily grind. What an incredible opportunity to step out of the rat race and catch your breath.

 

 

 

BUT IF you had that time, what would you do with it?

 

 

 

    Would you go fishing?

 

    Take the family on a camping trip?

 

    Visit exotic places you have never been?

 

    Volunteer to help someone else?

 

    Take care of a loved one who is ill?

 

    Encourage those who are struggling?

 

    Take a class?

 

    Read some good books?

 

    Watch several educational videos to deepen your understanding?

 

    Stare at the television and fill you mind with mush?

 

    Watch the never ending news cycle and feast on fear?

 

    Escape into video games?

 

    Binge watch reruns by the season?

 

 

 

 

 

SO MANY OPTIONS!! Only so much time.

 

 

 

Like life, this season will be over faster than you expect. For some, not soon enough. For others, long before they are prepared. Trust me when I say, the world as it was January 1, 2020 is no longer ours to be enjoyed or endured. Some relationships, industries, business operations, employment opportunities are gone the way of the horse and buggy. Some new ways of coping are on the horizon. Would be heroes are decimated and new ones will take their place.

 

 

 

Take heed now!! Invest the time you have now!! Time is not waiting for anyone and if you are not investing this time to prepare for next, you will find yourself in the shadows of a day gone by wondering where it has gone.

 

WEEDS GROW STRONGER WHILE THE GRASS IS DORMANT. HOW DO YOU APPLY THIS METAPHOR TO THE PANDEMIC?

 

https://www.jlorennorris.com/podcast/weeds-grow-stronger-while-the-grass-is-dormant-how-do-you-apply-this-metaphor-to-the-pandemic?ct=t(BLOG_feed_to_ell)&mc_cid=65f6066774&mc_eid=39cb1b893f

 

Every fall the beautifully manicured lawns of St Augustine grass begin the process of “shutting down for winter.” The grass goes dormant, turns brown, stalls its growth and spreading process in wait for the spring. Meanwhile, all the weeds in the universe seem to migrate to the well watered, healthy soil of the lawn.

 

Surely, weeds can and will grow anywhere!! They grow in the cracks in the sidewalk, the arid desserts, the middle of the road given half a chance. As you apply this truth to the metaphorical areas of your life, ask yourself questions like this:

 

    “Did anyone teach me to lie and deceive my parents when I was a toddler?”

 

    “Do I have to pursue distractions and random useless thoughts, or do they simply appear against my will?”

 

    “Are all of my activities and efforts focused with intention on the goals and dreams I have decided on?”

 

    “Do I allow boredom to conquer my desire to live a healthy life?”

 

    “Do I cultivate, nourish, irrigate, defend and guard my thoughts and activities like I would a lush but delicate lawn?”

 

    “Do I allow ‘weed like’ notions, activities and distractions to rule my time, talent, treasure and attention?”

 

While the world of business activity is dormant due to this global pandemic, don’t allow the weeds to take over. Business will resume. Work will be available. Relationships will be reignited. However, JUST LIKE THE DORMANT LAWN they will all be suffering from an infestation of weeds!

 

    Don’t allow the presence of weeds to starve everything you have worked for up to now.

 

    Don’t set the grass afire to destroy the weeds.

 

    Be prepared to pull the weeds by hand if you must.

 

    Get a firm grip and pull them up by the roots!