How do you respond when circumstances change and you are forced to quickly respond and lead your organization away from plan “A” and towards a new plan? Life doesn’t always work the way we think it should and as leaders we have to be ready to re-invent our best-laid plans at a moments notice while maintaining a positive, inspiring outlook for the sake of our teams.
1. Seek God’s wisdom for the situation. If the change is causing you a lot of stress, seek God and hear what He has to say about the best course of action. Sometimes quieting down, getting alone and clearing your head is the best thing you can do. Allow God to show you the next step and to fill you with His peace as you navigate this new course of action.
2. Find the good. Even if everything looks bad, take some time to write down what is good about the situation and how you can use the change to your advantage. You will probably need to re-organize and re-prioritize (which will undoubtedly cause a lot of headache) but keep your focus on what’s good about the new situation. How are diamonds created? By putting tons of pressure on coal. Maybe you becoming a stronger leader is one of the benefits?
3. Take the first step. Being thrown off course and then having to rapidly respond is a highly emotional process leaves leaders tired and feeling burnt-out. Instead of thinking about having to adjust everything today, take the first step. After that, take the next step, then the next. Once the initial shock wears off, you will find yourself more able to consider alternative plans of action and be thinking more clearly.
What do you do when the game changes and you have to adapt quickly?