Managing in crisis

It’s 11:00pm, you just let your dog out for it’s final pee for the night and a skunk hits you, straight on. No chance of escape. No gust of wind to save you.

What do you do? Well, there’s a few options:

  • Freak out
  • Yell at the dog
  • Yell at yourself
  • Yell at your wife
  • Chase the skunk (not advised)
  • Take a deep breath at your own risk
  • Shed a tear and question the meaning of life, omens and the true holy stench that is reality at that moment.

Of course, there’s more options. There’s always another reaction. Another emotion.

But what if we decide to change? What if we decide to act in moments of crisis, or moments of surprise obstacles?

What’s the best decision you can make in a crisis that will a) make sure everyone is safe and, b) make progress as fast as possible. Hint: getting angry is never the answer, no matter how good that feels.

Managing a crisis involves making decisions about who you want to be in that moment. What kind of person do you need to be right now? How can you help?