Stacey C. Cunningham
Have you ever had one of those days where it seems like everything that could go wrong, does? Your carefully laid plans are derailed by unexpected challenges, and you're left feeling stressed and overwhelmed. We’ve all had those days where our to-do list at the end of the day is just as long, if not longer than when we started our day!
Here at Aegis, we like to say…SHIP HAPPENS! The good news is that you're not alone. As leaders, we all face challenges on a regular basis. But what separates the effective leaders from the rest is their ability to embrace these challenges and lead with confidence.
So how do you do it?
Your first step is to surround yourself with people and resources that can support you when faced with a difficult situation. We’re here to be that person and source of information for you! Be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and subscribe to our mailing list if you haven’t already (click here to sign up).
Here are a few tips to embrace next time SHIP HAPPENS!
Ask for help. Don’t let pride or your nerves get in the way of asking for help. Failing to identify when it’s time to ask for help can often lead to feeling overwhelmed and isolated. Sometimes a solution to your problem is just a quick phone call or email away. Seek support from mentors, colleagues, or industry communities—it's a sign of strength, not weakness.
Be flexible. Things don't always go according to plan, so it's important to be flexible and adaptable. When unexpected challenges arise, don't panic. Instead, take a deep breath and assess the situation. Make a plan to adjust your course accordingly.
Stay calm. It's easy to get caught up in the chaos and start to feel stressed or overwhelmed. But it's important to stay calm and focused. When you're calm, you're better able to think clearly and make sound decisions. If you need to, and are able to walk away for a moment, take a step back and reassess the situation with a clear head.
Communicate effectively. When chaos strikes, it's important to communicate effectively with your team. Keep them updated on the situation and let them know what's expected of them. This will help to keep everyone calm and focused on the task at hand.
Empower your team. When you empower your team, you give them the confidence and authority to make decisions and take action. This can be a valuable asset when chaos strikes, as it allows your team to take the lead and solve problems on their own.
Celebrate successes. When you're able to successfully navigate chaos, it's important to celebrate your successes. This will help to boost morale and keep your team motivated.
Embracing those moments when SHIP HAPPENS and leading with confidence is not always easy, but it's a skill that can be learned and developed. By following these tips, you can become a more effective leader and help your team navigate any challenge.
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If you're looking for a supportive community of leaders who understand what it's like to navigate the challenges we face as leaders, follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and subscribe to our mailing list if you haven’t already (click here to sign up).
Over the next several months we will release numerous tips and strategies to put in your back pocket for those moments when SHIP HAPPENS. We hope you’ll find them useful, and most importantly, we hope you’ll share your best practices and tips with us as well!