“People freeze when there are too many questions and not enough answers. How do you fix the imbalance? Through action!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
When you don’t have a stage in which to share the future, you make one! When you don’t have an audience in front of you, reach out to them virtually!
We live in interesting times!
And so with that, I’m launching today a video series, “Accelerating in Uncertainty!”
I filmed my first clip yesterday in the home office on this theme and will post it shortly; in the meantime, global stock markets are collapsing. Maybe tomorrow’s theme should be ‘managing panic!’
What I plan on doing is sharing some insight that I gained through the economic downturns of 1992, 2001 and 2008. During those periods of time, I was already busy with my company advising leaders on the opportunities of future trends and the challenges that come with them – and how to stay focused on the future in an era of un-relentless economic volatility.
I’m also working hard to accelerate the checklist of services that I’m able to offer up from my home broadcast studio. I know that future disruptive trends are often the last thing on the minds of leaders today – right now, survival strategies matter – but at some time, people are going to be seeking fresh insight, and I’ll be ready to go when they are.
As the economy convulses and Covid-19 continues its relentless march to havoc, you have lots of questions as to this might unfold. And like everyone else, you aren’t getting a lot of straightforward answers. That upsets the traditional balance that you live within – a period of stability that allows you to make decisions.
So what happens?
You stop making decisions! You freeze! Panic!
That’s the worst thing to do. History has taught me that it was those organizations that focused on action that performed best.
Do things – get moving – have a plan! It’s better to be active in the unknown than to be frozen into place.
Use this downtime wisely. You don’t get a lot of it, and so it is a chance to regroup, recover, re-plan, re-engage and re-do!
Photo credit Emily Mortor – https://unsplash.com/@emilymorter