Finally… Put Fear in Its Place

Finally... Put Fear in Its Place

Evaluate your current situation so that you can deal with the truth and find an appropriate path forward. #ResilienceReady

Fear – your natural response to the unknown. Where has fear shown up for you recently? Fear hinders progress and blocks resilience. 

Stop the Lies

Realize that the made-up stories you beat yourself up with just aren’t true. Stop the lies! Remove the blinders! Shifting from the grip of fear to the embrace of facts marks a crucial step toward resilience. Leaders need objectivity and truth to find an appropriate way forward. 

This is the second installment in the three-part series dedicated to Perspective and continues with the second step of facts over fear. 

Step 2: Take a Reality Check: Facts Over Fear

Getting to What Really Matters

What are the facts and implications of the situation we are dealing with?

1. Lay Out the Facts

During times of uncertainty, misinformation and emotions can cloud judgment. Laying out the facts involves a meticulous separation of truths from opinions, propaganda, and rumors. This process is not a solitary endeavor; it’s a collective effort that engages the team in sourcing relevant information. It is also critical to ensure the team provides current facts for decision-making. 

2. Explore Contributing Factors

Beyond the immediate challenge, understanding contributing factors is key. Reflecting on the genesis of the situation and evaluating organizational readiness are pivotal. 

3. Assess the Implications

“What does this mean for us?” This question echoes in assessing operational, financial, and human capital implications. Scenario analysis becomes the compass, forecasting the potential outcomes of different events and responses. 

4. Assess the Degree of Concern

The final step involves a calibrated assessment of concern. Prioritizing risks and concerns becomes a strategic move toward effective action. The risk analysis employs tools to help weigh the likelihood of occurrence against potential impacts.

Leaders armed with practice in these areas can navigate challenges with Resilience. In the latest episode of “GGG Unleashed: Better Leaders, Better Workplaces,” we are joined by Col. Charlie Davis, a retired military leader with three decades of dedicated service in the U.S. Army and U.S. Intelligence Community. His fascinating clandestine and leadership experiences are a testament to the importance of Perspective in building resiliency. There is no doubt that in a warzone, “facts over fear” drive better outcomes in the most critical life-and-death situations. He reveals the process he went through to build personal and organizational resiliency with his team. Take a listen:

Mastering resilience requires not just weathering the storm but understanding its dynamics. A reality check, driven by facts, positions leaders to not just survive, but thrive amid uncertainties. #ResilienceReady


She’s a woman on a mission, prepped and ready to help you create resilient leaders and a workplace that is poised to succeed. Having weathered her fair share of corporate and career crises of all sizes, Vivian Blade MBA, MBB, PMP, is a global leadership expert and thought leader who equips leaders with the resilience that inspires teams to recover quickly in the face of ongoing disruption and thrive in spite of insurmountable odds.

Vivian empowers leaders and organizations as a frequent keynote speaker for association conferences and in delivering transformative leadership development programs, executive coaching and consulting for corporations.

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