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 attention to them all they will easily distract us from our priorities.
Inner Leadership contains several tools to keep us focused and on track:
- Staying calm in a crisis and connecting with what matters most is the first step
- Making clear sense of our situation is essential
- Knowing which dogs matter, and which do not, will keep us focused
- Knowing the five strategies we can employ to deal with barking dogs will help us find solutions faster (as do the five other approaches that can also be useful)
- Being clear about our destination enables us to stay focused for longer and get back on track quickly when things change
- Choosing the best way forward for you now helps us to avoid getting stuck
- Creating a vision that inspires will help you and the people around you to keep going
We will never reach our destination if we stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.
Learning the skills to avoid this 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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