Three Leadership Principles for Times of Chaos by Bob Miglani at Seapoint Center on 14 January 2014

It can be difficult for leaders in uncertain times (due to uncertainty causes from internal / external / both), but the best leaders have an action plan to get themselves out of uncertainty as quickly as possible.  The author provides three steps that can be taken:

  1. Focus on ideas not resources (can you modify your idea so that you still accomplish the aim while using fewer resources?).
  2. Stop over-thinking (thinking is good but there comes a time when action is better).
  3. Take action (be flexible and adapt).

#2 is especially powerful.  I’ve been guilty of this myself – I wanted so hard to craft VOCL to be perfect from the start, instead of getting going and refining along the way.

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