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If You Feel Like You’re Regressing, You’re Not Alone

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The path that crises follow

  • Emergency: the team energy rises, teams instinctively pull together and performance goes up.
  • Regression: people get tired lose their sense of purpose and start fighting about the small stuff, because they face too much pressure.
  • Re...

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Regression as a phenomenon comes from developmental psychology and relates to how people go back to a less mature stage when faced with pressure.

It is the most dangerous phase for teams, but it cannot be skipped.

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  • Identify how deep you and your team are into the regression phase.
  • Disrupt the team and create a new “day one.”
  • Learn how to adjust your team’s emotions. Maintain an environment where it is safe to be honest about their st...

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It starts with changing the focus of your team from the short-term risks to your company’s bigger-picture contribution and longer-term opportunities. You change the question from, “How can we handle the crisis?” to, “How can we move out of the crisis?”

The reorien...

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A crisis can be both a moment of glory and and a moment of failure for a leader. The people they work with will remember their actions and decisions, positive or negative, for years to come.

So, as you lead through a crisis, remember that each phase requires a different approach.

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