Staying cool, as Henry Mintzberg proposes, allows for several things. Here are some significant impacts of this advice, as observed in recent months by Proaction International's team of executive coaches:
- Take a step back from the situation and reposition yourself strategically;
- Reflect on the strengths of the people who work with us – in order to empower them;
- Set up multidisciplinary teams that can propel innovative mandates and projects;
- Make decisions at the heart of the collective well-being.
Finally, is it easy to remain calm in this time of crisis, chaos, and profound upheaval of all that we know? For the average bear, of course not! Do you absolutely have to be a yogi or do more than 25 hours of meditation a week? Although this can help greatly (according to several studies that we will talk about in a future article), there are other ways to achieve this..
Getting there alone, with a partner or as a group
Based on our experiences and results, we’ve found that conversation, dialog and sharing during individual or group coaching sessions appear to be methods that have a great impact. Verbalizing, reflecting on concrete actions – or even less concrete actions – is both reassuring and strategic for the leaders and their executive committee. This way, staying calm with 2 or more people is easier.
In the coming days, let’s all give ourselves the chance to stay cool. This will go a long way in generating wonderful projects for the future of organizations and a healthy society. Just remember: staying cool is not synonymous with doing nothing – quite the contrary.