Proactive Mindsets and Leading Through Adversity

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After last Saturday’s announcements, the state of uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity starts to resound again. Although it hasn’t come as a surprise to the majority of us, it doesn’t make it any less complicated or worrying. We’ve all had to adjust, adapt and improvise over the last months whether that be personally, professionally or both.

At times of adversity organisations should stop; review, rethink and revalue current processes, systems, strategies, learning and development. Enabling them to meet the challenges of the present moment. A recent report from the Economic Forum stated that the share of core skills that will change in the next five years is 40%, and 50% of all employees will need reskilling (up 4%). It also highlights those that are employed are seeking personal development courses, seeing a growth of 88%. This shows there has never been a more critical time to invest in people to ensure they are equipped with sufficient development opportunities and expertise to advance and realise their potential. It’s a chance to create new concepts, ideas and solutions. Creating a stronger, more resilient and skilled workforce for the future.

Organisations indeed have their part to play, but we also have a responsibility for our own personal development and adopting a proactive mindset. It is very easy to fall prey to negative feelings and attitudes especially with the restrictions being in place again separating us from friends and loved ones. We need to find a way to master our mindsets and change the way we view obstacles in our lives, otherwise we could be consumed by negativity which would only debilitate us further. Assessing our problems by staying in the moment, reacting to each moment as it happens, and keeping our focus on how we influence each action, will give us greater control.

A group of leaders took part in the RUBY programme during the first lockdown, it gave them tools and techniques on how to manage their behaviours and thought processes. It also highlighted how negative thoughts and experiences can affect your decision making. The processes that were learnt through RUBY gave participants the methodology to build resilience and improve wellbeing even through times of hardship.

On our Monday call this week, there were obviously feelings of apprehension and uncertainly of how the new lockdown restrictions would affect us all. I empathised with everyone; challenges of children going back to school, being isolated from everyone again and navigating the unknown. It is my responsibility to give my team support, encouragement and a new perspective. The way we look at a situation, will determine how we deal with it and how we move forward. If we see something as a threat, it has the ability to overwhelm us and could diminish our ability to perform. If we look at it as a challenge, we can overcome it. Growing our mindsets will let our best selves thrive and succeed. I told my team that it is not the time to ‘batten down the hatches’ and ‘run for cover’ this is the time to go full throttle and take off the runway with everything we’ve got. We will achieve dynamic stability through working as team, seeing our failures as pathways to success, harnessing our talents and abilities and taking control of our mental attitudes.

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