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How to Overcome the Unknown

Inspired Positive Action

Taking inspired positive action, can make a chaotic situation disappear, and make us come out of the problem more powerful than we were before.

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A CHAOTIC Way To Lead in CHAOS

The CHAOTIC Leadership Model is a set of principles that enable us to perform despite the chaos around us. The acronym stands for:

  • Control what you can
  • Honesty with yourself and others
  • Act, don’t react
  • Open yourself to help
  • Take charge of yourself
  • Inspire a positive difference
  • Concentrate on the bigger picture.

Control What You Can

Chaos and uncertainty make us want to shut down and become disengaged.

The idea of staying calm and focusing on what you can control keeps us engaged and aimed towards a possible solution.

Act, Don't React

Acting or responding to a situation is always better than mindless reaction, which itself leads to further chaos.

Taking action, even if it is a small asserting of control, keeps us moving forward.

Open For Help

Being open to help, setting your ego aside, is always a great idea.
Taking help from our seniors, our peers and most importantly, outsiders can work wonders to get our chaotic situation in order.
Outsiders provide us with a perspective we miss, being too close to the fire.

Take Charge Yourself

Sometimes the only person we can trust is ourselves.

Practicing self-discipline and self-direction makes us fit to lead, and can be achieved by:

  • Knowing oneself
  • Knowing your leadership style
  • Knowing your strengths and weaknesses.

Inspired Positive Action

Taking inspired positive action, can make a chaotic situation disappear, and make us come out of the problem more powerful than we were before.

Concentrate on the Big Picture

In chaotic conditions, we are lost in urgent matters and forget the big picture.

Without a big picture, or a 'Why' to motivate us, and guide us in the dark, we can forever be lost in the jungle of chaos.

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Strategies to improve the quality of your decisions

  • Be wary of fear and spot it as soon as it begins to surface.
  • Stay positive. 
  • Know what you know—and what you don’t.
  • Embrace that which you can’t control. 
  • Focus only on what matters. 
  • Don’t seek perfection - it leaves you lamenting what you failed to accomplish instead of enjoying what you were able to achieve.
  • Don’t dwell on problems. Rather focus on actions to better yourself.
  • Recognize when you are overly influenced by your assumptions and emotions or by another person’s opinion.
  • Have a contingency plan without asking "What if?"

Using Decision Trees

  • Understand the different outcomes that could happen (both positive and negative)
  • Calculate the expected return or loss of each outcome
  • Attach a probability to each outcome
  • ...

Use Decision Trees 

Elon Musk uses decision trees to make big decisions (a tool that uses a tree-like graph or model of decisions and their possible consequences, outcomes, and resources). They are particularly useful for avoiding stupid risks and big bets that aren’t likely to succeed.

Most became a billionaire by making unlikely big bets, as their expected return statistically was much higher than safer bets.

Build Deep, Long-Term Relationships

One of the best ways to get information is not from just being better at searching Google, it’s from learning how to build a network and get the information you need through that network. 

This network should include people’s lessons learned and hacks, topics that are too sensitive to talk about because they make someone look bad, and tacit knowledge (knowledge that people have but aren’t able to articulate).

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The amount of data generated doubles every two years, reflecting a

Communicate your leadership signature

A leadership signature: Who you are as a leader and how you view and approach the job. 

  • Discover your leadership signature by asking how you lead day by day. Are you task or people focussed? 
  • Ask people who work with you how they would describe your leadership.
  • Consider the impact you have. Are you changing the culture? Driving results?

Be a sense maker

Sensemaking refers to the process of creating meaning out of the chaotic world around us.

We need to make sense when something in our environment seems to have changed. We collect data, learn from others, look for patterns to create a new map of the landscape. Then we experiment with new solutions to see how it will respond to this new environment.

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