The Fight Continues

“I cannot control the outcome, only my actions leading up to it, and my reaction when it’s all said and done.”
How do we push past rejection? As a society, we have made it pretty easy to blame anyone and everything else, other than ourselves. There will always be outside circumstance but we must accept our responsibility as leaders to own our role in the outcome. 

We have a moral obligation as leaders to be much more exposed to the elements. On the bad days, we have to have the intestinal fortitude to push through adversity and our own insecurities for the greater good of the team. 

Metaphorically, bad circumstance is like the rain, and as leaders, we are the umbrella to the vision, the product, our people. We have to be the meteorologists, watching weather patterns, and adjust accordingly. But even like the local weather guy, we do not always get it right. There should be no worse a feeling than seeing your team exposed to the elements, tired and soaked to the bone. We have all been there.

Personal development is key. Just like working out and eating right (Like those are easy things to do), exercising your mind may be even more important. Learn to recognize possible storms on the horizon and adjust accordingly. 

Here is something we do/did in the military:

Pick your “targets” or “threats” by distance.

Obviously, the closer the target, the greater the threat. While at the range, the targets are set at different distances, 50, 100, 150, 200, 300, etc. With the biggest threat being the 50 meter target.

The 50 meter target is the biggest threat because it’s the closest, thus it is the first target you engage. In real life application, it may be your first deadline in a list of deadlines. Anything in your life that takes priority is YOUR 50 meter target.

Now, saying that, does the 300 meter target also pose a threat? Of course. Recognition of the other targets is important as well and they need to be remembered and addressed, but its the 50 meter target that poses the largest threat, knock it down and move to the next target.

When a threat advances.

Sometimes a 300 meter target can advance quickly. What wasn’t a threat earlier may now be right on top of you. However, in scanning your sector, you already knew the threat was there and you are now more prepared to adjust with it. 

Multiple 50 meter targets.

The human brain can only remember so much. The military has range cards for such circumstances. A good range card makes multiple targets much easier because you have already prepared by writing it down. A good checklist, reminder, or notes can make the process of banging down targets that much easier if you are well prepared. Keeping good notes can be the difference in successful engagement of multiple targets, or being overrun.

Scan your sector.

From the firing line, to that list of things that need to get done. Delegation of responsibility is so important. One man or woman cannot knock down every target. Establish “sectors of fire” for your team. Talk about it. Share your knowledge. What you know, your team knows. If you have your team on the firing line, is it important they know every possible target? 

Training with us, we talk about some of these circumstances and then show you application AND translation from the battlefield to the boardroom. Contact us today to schedule your team’s training.