Changing Gears

Posted by Andrew Netschay, in Blog, Leadership, Psychology, Jul 10, 2011

The element of surprise causes trauma. This a key principle taught in my street combat psychology seminars. It also applies in business.

Were you surprised by your company’s earnings report for the last quarter? If so, I’m sure that was an experience you don’t want to relive. How many meetings did you have to sit through while the board hammered you with pointed questions and accusations?

You probably suspected the numbers weren’t going to meet expectations. What kept you from taking action?

I propose the failure lies with your psychology. You were idling in ‘neutral’ instead of dropping the clutch, changing gears and accelerating into action.

As a Leader, your ability to take action swiftly – sometimes based only a few facts and mostly on intuition is critical. This ability is supported by your psychological transmission – the ability to switch psychological gears as required by the environment.

If you suspect there’s an issue with one of your teams or a project they’re delivering, don’t hesitate to take action and get the answers you need to switch gears into a certainty mind set. A certainty mind set supports immediate action. Taking action is your job.