It has been amazing to watch the mental impact on many people over the last few weeks as the Coronavirus has moved around the world.
The uncertainty and volatility brought into the financial markets is just one example of the consequences to this phenomenon. People in Australia fighting over toilet rolls in a supermarket is another!
When things become more uncertain, most become more fearful.
And what we will see now in the coming weeks and months, is that fear creates other problems.
The words were from a very smart and experienced leader and we had been discussing their approach to how the interacted with their staff. He had been silent for over a minute as he digested something I’d shared around the inner approach to business.
âIâve been focused on âbeing rightâ. But I should be focused on âgetting it rightâ.â
It was a beautiful way of saying something thatâs prevalent for many.
The rate of change in todayâs world continues to accelerate, and we can see this with technology, economics and politics. Only this weekend in Ireland, there has been a major shift in the balance of political power. A new term for this time, being used in business circles, is the VUCA age.
I remember speaking a few years ago at a conference where there were several speakers. I was standing to the side of a stage, getting ready to go on after a well known man. As I listened, he rattled off numerous inspirational slogans, one after another.
I had thought todayâs post would be about Brexit – because after all of the delays, it finally happens this Friday 31st January. But news yesterday of the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant took my attention and enough has been written about Brexit. Even if youâre not into the sport, you have probably heard of Kobe – because he has been one of the main super-players of the last 20 years in the sport.
âI hate where Iâm at.â she said. âTell me moreâ, I replied. She did and as she described it, it didnât sound great. “So what are you going to do about it?â , I asked. Blank look, and this from someone who is smart and perceived to be very successful, strong and confident.
Itâs typical at this time of the year to see my gym busy and with plenty of new faces. New Year resolutions have a lot to answer for! But will they be there in a month? One guy who probably will be is someone I saw today.