Like the shifting conditions of the Afghan theater risk and uncertainty are everywhere in business. In dynamic structures, creating business solutions in environments of constant change is a must for success. Adapting to the changing needs of the customer and suppliers is necessary for building a successful competitive advantage. In business, failure is not a result of the change, but the inability of leaders to adapt and take advantage of the change to find new solutions in environments of constant change.
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Imagine landing in the front lines of Afghanistan during Desert Storm 2 as leaders of a band of musicians and no one knows that you’re coming. We had no lodging, no clearance papers, no protective gear, and no performances scheduled. Once in the country, there was no easy way out because we came in with a fresh platoon. It could be weeks or months before we could leave for the safety of Kuwait. Still, we looked for opportunities to be useful in the situation by breaking down the whole into parts (housing, food, clearance and protection, performances) to create an integrated strategy.
Embedded with the military the band sang their way through Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan. We worked closely with the commanders, made friends with our audience, and found an escort who understood the military system to help us maneuver through this dangerous territory. When we couldn’t get access to sound equipment, we adapted and performed acoustically in small groups to boost soldier’s morale. When food was scarce, we made friends with the Jordanian minesweepers who cooked fresh food on open pits. In return, we sang for our supper.
Through every twist and turn, we adjusted and refined our strategy for survival by being productive based on the new information presented to us daily. Tough times are defining moments in a leader’s career. Moments that result in greatness or mediocrity. Great leaders emerge whether difficulty stems from economic conditions, social upheaval, medical emergencies, or unforeseen changes in direction that challenges them and their teams to the limit.
During these times leaders need to conceive a new vision, create belief, and transform fears and uncertainty into excitement. The following leadership values and actions are examples of how the best leaders take on these difficult times.
- Break down the whole into parts to support a foundation for higher-order thinking and strategy development to create business solutions in environments of constant change.
- Seize challenges as opportunities when they present themselves. Possessing leadership capabilities does not necessarily have anything to do with a title but has everything to do with future-thinking professionals who are willing to proactively step up to the plate and buy into a culture of progressive action.
- Consider that failure is never a result of change, but the inability of leaders to take advantage of change to find new perspectives that allow us to capitalize on the unknown.
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