Winston Churchill famously said:
“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”
This time of change is bringing us many ‘barking dogs’ to deal with. If we pay equal attention to all of them they will distract us from our priorities.
Inner Leadership contains several tools that keep us focused and on track:
- Keeping calm in a crisis and connecting with what matters most is the first step
- Making clear sense of our situation is the second
- Knowing which dogs matter, and which do not, is a third
- Knowing the five main strategies we can use to handle the dogs that we encounter helps us find a way forward with each one (and there are five other strategies we can use too)
- Being clear about our destination reminds us which direction to face, once we are past the barking dog
- Choosing the best next step gets us moving again
- Knowing how inspire yourself and other people to do what needs to be done and keep going are the two final essential ingredients
We will never reach our destination if we stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.
Remembering this, and knowing which barking dogs to ignore and how to address the ones that matter, is another step to becoming antifragile.
Do you know which barking dogs to ignore, which to pay attention to, and how to handle them?
Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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