Don’t make your crisis my emergency

There’s lots of pressure to get things done. Right now, as I write this, I can’t think of a single organization, including ours, where teams aren’t stressed to accomplish certain objectives and get things over the line. It’s just the way it is in most businesses and how it’s always been.

Sometimes we act surprised that we’re under such stressful deadlines or trying to work through tense situations. I suppose the thing that makes it harder is when we’re quick to involve others in our crisis when we haven’t thought through how to best solve it and we assume it’s okay to interrupt others with the issue. Of course, there are times when this is completely appropriate and necessary but often, if we pause to consider things more carefully, we might avoid this.

“If someone is always to blame, if every time something goes wrong someone has to be punished, people quickly stop taking risks. Without risks, there can’t be breakthroughs.” – Peter Diamandis

In order for continued innovation to happen and for empowerment to be tangible within the teams, we need to allow for risk without the fear of blame and the burdening of others with every crisis that arises. It really comes down to being sensitive to other people’s time and role.


What would we do differently next time we have a crisis or a challenge to manage when it relates to other people’s time?

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