A quick look at my email inbox and you’d see that there’s no lack of content or articles about how we should lead, navigate, communicate or interact during a crisis.

The amount of input providing information on ways to solve problems is overwhelming, exhausting and many times completely unnecessary. I’m a voracious reader and learner.  The fact that I’ve had to say enough is enough is affirming and concerning at the same time. Can you relate?

There comes a point where we simply have to turn off the noise that surrounds us and is continually bombarding our brains. Instead, we’ve got to take a moment to breathe and reconnect with our creativity and originality of our thoughts, ideas and expression.

Beyond learning, the energy of my commitment is grounded in teaching and coaching others and engaging with them around the application required to achieve results. Information is useless when it’s apart from a practical usefulness. Knowledge is only power when it’s applied to a problem or progression.

If the content, blog posts or articles that hit your inbox don’t help you connect the dots in a practical and meaningful way, consider eliminating or changing-up what you’re receiving.

What You Do With What You Learn

In business, the tragedy of a crisis is often discovered in the action that isn’t taken or the decisions that aren’t made that should have been after the crisis has diminished.

After going through a crisis, it’s natural to want to take a breath. There are times that the people within a company want to take a collective breath. This is important for the same reasons that I stated above. This is an opportunity to reconnect with the purpose, strategy, direction and cultural identity that are the cornerstones of advancement.

Reconnecting around a positive rhythm isn’t accidental for an individual or an organization. The same question helps guide and direct the approach and tone.

What am I doing with what I learned? 

Taking a breath and looking at something with a fresh perspective is not only important, it’s essential. Doing that apart from the action required to move forward creates a void. This void offers the greatest potential to become a tragedy after the crisis.

P.S. What will you do with what you learned? Let me know in the comments.

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