Woo! There’s A LOT going on across the world stage right now.
These are not your garden-variety gnat-type changes that annoy you for a little while, or are easily remedied by clearing out the fruit bowl. No, the pace and magnitude of change is more like one of those tenacious, squawking seagulls at the beach that make you cover your picnic basket and grab a stick to protect the children.
Even the most resilient, focused leaders are experiencing angst as they sort through the various geo-political changes in-play. It’s common to become distracted by the call of the sirens as news peppers us throughout the day -- in our cars, in an elevator, on our phones, or at the gym with TV monitors everywhere. As a recovering control freak, I admit to some pretty significant chatter going on in my head whilst practicing yoga these days.
Yet, business leaders confront change all the time. Changes in leadership and organizational structure, acquisitions, competitor activities, customer requirements and security breaches all put intense pressure on the people who must deliver against shifting job responsibilities and extremely tight timeframes. “Nature of the beast,” is a common refrain as we rationalize the pace and intensity of our day jobs….until which time, we hit a state of overwhelm and commitments begin to fall off the plate.
And, so, I am reminded of a concept used in international relations and popularized by Steven Covey. The “Spheres of Control” model provides leaders a way to sort through priorities when they find themselves with too many “bleeps” on the radar screen.
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