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’. And if we pay attention to them all they will distract us from our goals.
Inner Leadership contains several tools that keep us focused and on track:
- Staying calm in a crisis and connecting with what matters most to us
- Making clear sense of our situation
- Knowing which dogs matter, and which do not
- Knowing the five main strategies that we can use to handle the dogs that matter helps us find a way around each one (and there are five other strategies we can use too)
- Once we are past the barking dog, being clear about our destination gets us back on track quickly
- Choosing the best next step gets us moving again
- And knowing how inspire yourself and other people to do what needs to be done and keep going are the two final essential ingredients that help us with all the other steps
We will never reach our destination if we stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.
Choosing which to throw stones at and which to ignore is another step to becoming antifragile.
What barking dogs do you have in your life at the moment? Do you know which 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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