On Sadness

This weeks news has been relentlessly heavy going.  The sadness in Las Vegas, Puerto Rico and Spain is almost unfathomable.   In amongst the news stories, I found this quote:

You could not have been born at a better time than the present, when we have lost everything – Simone Weil

Sometimes it is hard to see through the smoke, but there has to be an opportunity in the situation.  A chance to show our compassion, and our love. A chance to show that we can change things and reform. A chance to make the pendulum swing the other way.

The thing about pendulums we too easily forget in the darkest hours; they swing back. Right now, one is quietly supercharging its return – Alain de Botton

I hope that we can supercharge each other with compassion and common sense.

Leadership from Marshall Ganz

There is nothing like ambiguity to crystallise the abilities of a leader.   Navigating uncharted waters, and helping others see a way forward is an essential skill for anyone who aims to take a leadership role.

Leadership is accepting responsibility for enabling others to achieve shared purpose under conditions of uncertainty – Marshall Ganz

The old adage of ‘change is a constant’ has been true in all the businesses I have served in, and every group has needed its leaders to take responsibility and enable their teams to move toward a common goal, whatever the conditions and challenges.