It seems we are all reeling right now. The world as we knew it has changed. Everywhere we see layoffs, uncertainty and danger.
Our decision tree looks something like this:
- Who is affected by this? Everybody.
- How can we reach them? We can’t.
- How can we make a difference? We can’t.
- So what do we do? We shelter in place.
Let’s approach this like true leaders.
Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonalds, always built more restaurants in economic downturns. He knew that the times would get better and he also knew that the construction would help decrease the pain of the downturn. And the new restaurant would provide much-needed jobs within the community during a time in which they needed it.
This is how a true leader thinks.
For us, it is time to think outside of the boxes we call home. How do we remain connected? How do we influence the times? How do we change the world. From home?
Lets look at the matrix again:
Who around us is the most affected?
What do they need?
What is the long-term solution to that need?
What are the tools and materials I will have to obtain in order to meet that need?
Who else should be involved that has expertise in this area?
What risks are involved?
How do I quantify those risks?
Am I comfortable with those risks?
President George Bush went to the World Trade Center after the terrorists destroyed them and talked about how terrorists could destroy buildings but would never destroy our spirit. As leaders, we are in charge of the spirit of our state and should never let our own spirits be destroyed, much less the spirit of the people we lead.
This is what we need to be thinking about. Passively watching the world go by will not help our friends and neighbors.
Find something to build. Then build it. Find someone who needs you. And help them. They will be better for it, you will be better for it and the world will be better for it.