One of the best books that I have ever read about adaptability and focus during tough times is the book by Laurence Gonzalez entitled “Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why”. Gonzalez, who is the outdoor editor for National Geographic Adventure magazine, studied multiple survival situations to determine who were the people who came out on top, or even came out at all. What are some of the items we can learn from these situations that can assist us in the business world? We will share some of these over the next few days. There will be a synopsis, and we encourage you to grab a copy of the book and go through it in detail. Pretty important information!
The first item that survivors, and, we might add, thrivers, seem to do is become very aware of the world around them. In high stress times the brain seems to become myopic. It focuses on what is right around it. Sometimes that is good. Many other times it leads us to ignore some vital parts of what we need to succeed in tense situations. So the tip for today would be to take a moment right now and take in the whole situation around you. Are you observing accurately? Are you assuming what used to be still is? Are you overlooking key items in an effort to keep your old “maps” accurate? We will discuss the power of maps on another day.