Picture yourself as the one in the canoe. You don’t have all the information but the confused water speaks for itself.
How worried would you be? Just getting to shore safely would be a common response.
This picture represents crossroads we often face in business:
- Lack of all the information,
- Things look murky on the surface
- Action is needed to recover.
- Those watching have frozen looks of fear.
If you are at these crossroads, here are some tips on handling fear in your team:
- Validate the current downside risk: Unless it is death or destruction, dispell the gravity of the danger.
- Validate the unknowns: Eliminate low probability unknowns. Reinforce the most probable unknowns.
- Simplify the problem statement in one sentence: Dumb down the visuals to non threatening simple problems.
- Focusing on the best case scenario will ease feelings of fear. Your team will move in a positive direction. Thoughts have tremendous power to visualise the universe, so make sure you create a good one!