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Let's Get Philosophical  |  Tips & Tricks  |  April 13, 2020

“Crisis has a way of sifting out what’s important.” 

On Sunday mornings I open my email and scan the list for one from Joe. Joe Jacobi is a man I don’t know and had never heard of before somehow serendipitously subscribing to his blog. He’s an American who lives in Spain, and each week I wait for his wisdom from across the Atlantic because I find his perspective helpful and enlightening.

On April 5, 2020, his blog post closed with a statement he credited to his friend, Todd Vinson, “Crisis has a way of sifting out what’s important.” 

IT STOPPED ME IN MY TRACKS. I shouted—literally aloud—“YES!” It’s what I have been trying to put my finger on since this COVID-19 pandemic began to unfold around the globe several months ago. Since reading that statement, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. I’ve been turning it over and over in my mind examining it from various angles. And then it hit me, the reason it felt so familiar is in the world of learning, we call it the “Stop. Start. Continue.” 

Stop, Start, Continue is an activity to wrap up learning and prompt reflective thinking. If you’ve taken any training in the last 20 years you likely have done this (or a version of it) at least once. If not, try it. It’s one of the easiest things I have found to anchor learning and behavior change. During KnowledgeForce workshops we often tie up what we’ve learned with a neat little “scenarios-based” Stop, Start, Continue bow.

It goes something like this…

  • The next time I see [insert big challenge]…
  • I will stop [insert action]…
  • I will start/replace [insert fresh thinking/new action]…
  • I will continue [insert action]…

 


Stop. Start. Continue. In Action

This week I took my own advice and gave it a try as it related to me taking on “negative emotional contagions” from those around me. Here’s what I walked away with… 

The next time I hear a colleague (or myself!) expressing fear on how their business will never be the same after this pandemic I will stop myself from catching the emotional contagion of fear that is built into absolutism (“never be”).  And I will replace the emotion with hope by asking a curiosity question such as, “If that is true, what is one thing you wanted to change anyway and how will you move forward with that change in a way that achieves an outcome you’d like to see?”  But, I will continue to acknowledge their fear and perspective by being empathetic. 


Accountability Matters

I know this isn’t, and won’t always be easy. But a growth mindset requires us to activate our thinking and actions in new ways. So,  I’m asking you, my colleagues and friends, to keep me accountable. Help me to better control what’s in my control, better influence what’s within my influence, and better release what does not serve my growth and well being. I commit to helping you do the same. And in that, we too can use this crisis as a way of “sifting out what’s important.” 

#InvestInYourPeople

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