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Learning Leadership from a Crisis

Mike McDonald on Dec 29, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Learning-leadership-from-crisisThe late summer release of "The 33" brought back the memory of the Chilean miners who were trapped after a mine collapsed in 2010. Finding and rescuing these men was an amazing feat of crisis management, problem solving, and above all -- project management leadership. Harvard Business Review broke down the details of the rescue and the many decisions that had to be made in the piece, Leadership Lessons from the Chilean Mine Rescue. The chaos of the situation lent even more pressure and emotions to the catastrophe. If the team would have given in to the popular opinion that there was no way they would find the men alive, then they would have never pursued the many options that were presented to them.

CEOs and decision makers in business have crisis situations that require them to take in a lot of information and react quickly. Emotions are high when making choices during a predicament and separating yourself from these feelings is no easy task. When everyone is offering their solution and expertise, a great leader must draw boundaries and say "no" to keep moving forward. You have to find people who are willing to listen and cooperate to solve the problem; not just sell their cookie cutter solution even when the dynamic is changing.

Leaders who can follow the decision criteria of: envision, enroll, and engage, can find a successful solution to their problem. This process is a catalyst to involving others to help you find the answer. Leaders are not alone in their role and there are always many unique solutions available within an organization.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

Mike McDonald

Posted by Mike McDonald

Mike is the Executive Vice President of Business Development for Prime Advantage, a Chicago based Group Purchasing Organization for mid-market manufacturers. Responsibilities include managing business development, marketing, and the GPO's Healthcare Cost Containment program. He’s been a featured speaker, published author, and recognized award winner within the supply chain community.

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