Letting Go of Uncertainty

Lead Change Blog

That’s a long time to live with the uncertainty of not knowing. Our brains perceive uncertainty as a threat. For me, both the pandemic and a medical condition were kicking me in the pants, urging me to let go of certainty and embrace the tension of uncertainty. The most precious thing in life is its uncertainty.” MacGinitie, The Power of Uncertainty. The post Letting Go of Uncertainty appeared first on Lead Change.

Certain Uncertainties

Lead Change Blog

A few thoughts about uncertainty … People talk a lot these days about uncertainty with regard to our shared economic, political, cultural, and personal futures. Uncertainty within our memories of times past is often absent or downplayed. “Exploring the unknown requires tolerating uncertainty.” They did not seem unnecessarily deterred by their own personal history of upheaval, change, and uncertainty.

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How To Lead In Uncertainty


In the last few months, the world has been learning devastating lessons from uncertainty. The Cliff of Uncertainty. The post How To Lead In Uncertainty appeared first on CO2 Partners. Complexity Systems Thinking UncertaintyIt comes at a grave cost of life, health, wealth, and psychological wellbeing. If someone tells you that there is a playbook for this level of disruption, they are sadly mistaken.

Getting Past Murky Uncertainty

Leading in Context

This complexity and uncertainty combine to create a "murky uncertainty" that may keep people from giving us their best, most ethical performance. By Linda Fisher Thornton Workplace issues are complex and opinions vary about the right thing to do in challenging situations. Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 Lenses 7 lenses of ethical leadership business ethics ethical leadership ethics what is ethical leadership

How to Lead Through Uncertainty with Confidence

Leadership Freak

Admiral Jim Stockdale spent eight years as a prisoner of war in the “Hanoi Hilton.” ” He was tortured over 20 times and walked with a limp until he passed on July 5, 2005. Jim… Continue reading → Leading

How to Navigate Ambiguity and Uncertainty

Leadership Freak

Uncertainty finds comfort in nostalgia. Those who run from ambiguity and uncertainty are bound to repeat the past. Uncertainty and humility: The higher you go in organizational life, the lower your tolerance for… Continue reading → compassion Humility arrogance Leadership Development organizational success

Radical Uncertainty: Why Your Projects Fall Flat and What to Do About It

Leading Blog

That’s until I picked up the book Radical Uncertainty , a guide to improving your decision-making beyond numbers. Radical Uncertainty argues that there is an overall mistake embedded in models: they all begin by considering how you might make a decision if you have complete and perfect knowledge of the world. When projects deal with human behavior, it always results in radical uncertainty. Speculation as Fact: The models do not take into account uncertainty.

7 Ways to Find Your Highest Point of Clarity during Uncertainty

Leadership Freak

Uncertainty invites anxiety, second-guessing, rethinking, and delay. Decisions always include multiple options and uncertainty. A Leadership Freak reader asked me to explain, “Go with your highest point of clarity.”

Leadership Caffeine™—Learn to Love Uncertainty

Management Excellence

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Innovation Creates Uncertainty

Leading Blog

We don’t like uncertainty. But innovation creates uncertainty. In other words, our aversion to uncertainty means we find it difficult to even recognize a creative idea when we see it, focused as we are on removing the risky, uncomfortable strain on the status quo. Innovation creates uncertainty. Our fear of uncertainty can cause us to reject new ideas just because they are new. * * * Like us on Facebook for additional leadership and personal development ideas

How Uncertainty Works

Leadership Freak

** Uncertainty invites participation. Communication Influence Leading Listening Managing Marks of leaders Motivation Optimism Taking others higher best game finding solutions Innovation Leadership Leadership Development negative impact Organizational Development Questions uncertainty factor vigorous participationExploring ideas, finding solutions, and innovation demand vigorous participation from all players. The best teams win when players bring their best.

5 Ways to Face Uncertainty with Confidence

Leadership Freak

Responding to uncertainty establishes trajectory, impacts potential, and determines quality of life. Uncertainty is the spotlight of leadership. The dark side of uncertainty: Intolerance and quick tempers. Lost perspective and poor judgments. Things… Continue reading → Leading Stress courageous leaders Leadership Development

The Call of “Not Knowing”– How Uncertainty is Still the Test of Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

Not knowing we’d be where we ended up six months later, I wrote a new chapter to Relax, It’s Only Uncertainty in September thinking it was time to re-release the title, after 19 years. My now-retired colleague Philip Hodgson and I authored Relax as a field guide for leadership–the culmination of a decade studying how people manage ambiguity and its attendant uncertainty. And our experience suggests that dealing with uncertainty successfully can be learned and improved.

Five Rules for Leading Through Uncertainty

Next Level Blog

Current Affairs General Leadership ambiguity leadership sequestration uncertaintyA lot of my clients work in Washington, DC. They’re either executives in Federal agencies or executives in companies that do a lot of business with Federal agencies. Right now, they’re all talking about sequestration – that wonderful process in which Congress mandates across the board budget cuts without any guidance about how to implement those cuts. Click headline to continue.

Sick and tired of dealing with uncertainty?

Lead Change Blog

Uncertainty. I wouldn’t say I had a fear of uncertainty. My first hard lesson of adulthood, i.e. expect one uncertainty after another. Challenge uncertainty with anticipation and planning. After surviving the cut I knew I didn’t want to feel that type of uncertainty again. There are many examples, large and small, that bring uncertainty front and center. Another aspect for managing uncertainty is the ability to do what I call self-soothing.

How to Make Rational Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty

Harvard Business

Decision making Data Managing uncertainty Digital ArticleA four-step approach.

The Wisdom of Uncertainty

Lead from Within

Alan Watts, the British-born philosopher, has pointed out the sense, which we all seem to share, that we live in a time of unusual uncertainty. Faced with uncertainty, we naturally strive to take control. Control is an illusion and uncertainty is the reality. The root of our lives is about resisting uncertainty, reaching for a safety zone, but uncertainty is a constant in life and in leadership. So how do we handle uncertainty ?

Managing Employee Fear During Times of Uncertainty

CEO Insider

License and Republishing: The views expressed in this article Managing Employee Fear During Times of Uncertainty are those of the author Dr. Laurie Cure, Phd. Eckart Tolle recently said, “Life unfolds between the polarities of order and chaos.” Needless to say, 2020 has been nothing short of complicated and chaotic as COVID-19 forced businesses to change their operations overnight to adhere to stay-at-home orders and protect employees.

Jumping the Uncertainty Gap


Part of this is assessing levels of uncertainty. The other part is making decisions that can give you the best chance of succeeding despite uncertainty. He reduced uncertainty for his employees and partners by making a firm decision. Uncertainty can only be reduced by committed decisions and actions. You can’t wait for uncertainty to disappear but you can choose to create certainty of purpose and direction. People think differently about risk and uncertainty.

Uncertainty Leadership


by Gary Cohen Uncertainty Leadership. Uncertainty leadership refers to what leaders do in the face of uncertainty. The post Uncertainty Leadership appeared first on | Elements of Leadership Blog. In such situations, two in three leaders fail to first ask, “What is the goal?”. When faced with an uncertain situation, what order would you ask the following?”.

Decision Making and Planning Within Complexity and Uncertainty

Mike Cardus

And while the complexity of uncertainty and the unknown, unknowables is increasing, your organization and leadership team will be pressured to makes sense of the challenges and develop some planning steps to make things better. solution-focused process for complexity and uncertainty planning. How you and your team approach the complexity and uncertainty of your decision making and planning will impact how employees and customers view your attempted solutions.

What Happens if You Try Taking Risk & Dealing With Uncertainty?

Mills Scofield

This has been one of the best decisions throughout my time at Brown because it gave me permission and room to be okay with uncertainty, be okay with taking risks, and be okay with using my imagination. Yuna Hur & Elaine Cheung - Versions of a Retail Pop-Up, Spring 2018. I’m honored to host a blog by one of my amazing mentees, Yuna Hur ‘18. Last year, as a senior, it was time to push academic limits 1 last time before graduating.

3 Leadership Lessons: Embrace Uncertainty in Times of Crisis

Experience to Lead

How are you embracing the uncertainty? The post 3 Leadership Lessons: Embrace Uncertainty in Times of Crisis appeared first on Experience to Lead. The multiple and varied crises of 2020 have caught most, if not all, of us off guard.

13 Power Tips for Leading Through Uncertainty

Leadership Freak

13 Power Tips for Leading through Uncertainty: Pull with – not against, higher ups. It’s certain that we live in uncertain times. Grab the rope and pull, even if you disagree. Everyone who pulls in their own direction dilutes potential success. If you can’t pull with, jump ship, now. Aim to make a positive difference. [.]. Fear Leading Meetings and agendas Optimism Power Taking others higher Leadership Leadership Development organizational success quotes

How Uncertainty Works

Leadership Freak

** Uncertainty invites participation. Communication Influence Leading Listening Managing Marks of leaders Motivation Optimism Taking others higher best game finding solutions Innovation Leadership Leadership Development negative impact Organizational Development Questions uncertainty factor vigorous participationExploring ideas, finding solutions, and innovation demand vigorous participation from all players. The best teams win when players bring their best.

Enduring Uncertainty

Great Leadership By Dan

Female leadership allows the uncertainty of imagination and emotion into leadership. Leaders must embrace uncertainty because that’s all that exists now and in the future. Guest post from Chris Lewis : Go on admit it. You’re busy, right? Busier than last year. Busier probably than five years ago. In fact, you’re busier than you can ever remember being. You’re now so busy most people couldn’t even begin to understand how busy you are. And you don’t have time to tell them anyway.

How can you be clear about uncertainty?

Coaching Tip

To create a clear vision for an unclear future is what effective leaders do in a world marked with volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Books Business Coaching Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Communication Leadership Memes Self-Awareness Skills What is Work life ambiguous complexity and ambiguity leaders Source uncertainty volatility

How to Lead Through Turbulence and Uncertainty with Clarity and Confidence

Leadership Freak

Enough with the hand wringing. Don’t pretend things are easy when they’re hard Don’t run around with your hair on fire, or you’ll burn out. #1. Acknowledge challenges. #2. Communicate with empathy. #3.… … Continue reading → Leading

Two Leadership Essentials in Times of Change and Uncertainty

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development [link] It has almost become cliché to say that we are living in times of uncertainty. Our global economic situation is unstable and highly complex, weather has become more extreme and the speed of change leaves many of us breathless. Read the complete article on instigator Wendy Appel’s blog. Photo (c) David Templeton-2007. Leadership Development Change Leadership perspective team

How to Move Through Uncertainty to Opportunity

Leadership Freak

Leadership is rich with uncertainty. Turbulent times, regulations and compliance, technology, politics, people, and global markets enflame uncertainty. Image source Ineffective leaders require certainty before they act, I am certain. On the other hand, successful leaders make decisions where outcomes are uncertain. Additionally, complex challenges have more than one solution. A surprising juxtaposition: “Trustworthy leaders [.].

Thought-full Thursday: Relaxing into uncertainty


Rather, it’s our resistance to the fundamental uncertainty of our situation. Everywhere you turn, if you observe well, you’ll notice impermanence and uncertainty. What uncertainties in your life and work do you need to relax into? . “It’s not impermanence per se, or even knowing we’re going to die, that is the cause of our suffering, the Buddha taught.

Uncertainty Will Freeze You in Place if You Let It

Leading Blog

Jonathan Fields writes, in Uncertainty : “The more you’re able to tolerate ambiguity and lean into the unknown, the more likely you’ll be to dance with it long enough to come up with better solutions, ideas and creations.” The problem is that most of us, to one degree or another react so strongly to ambiguity or uncertainty, that it becomes a limiting factor in our lives and stops us from acting in the face of it. Creating value involves varying degrees of uncertainty.

What’s Keeping You Up at Night? A Lot of Uncertainty, Survey Finds


Amid Pandemic, Employee Concerns Command Leader Attention. The Grossman Group recently conducted a survey of dozens of leaders and communicators, asking a frank question: “What’s keeping you up at night?”. It turns out that the answer was essentially, “a lot!” Here’s a sampling of one respondent who summed up the wide-ranging concerns in a hospital setting: “I work in healthcare in NYC.

Adaptability: The Art of Winning In An Age of Uncertainty

Leading Blog

In times of great uncertainty, we need the knowledge creators, the radical and the rebels. Max McKown accurately argues in Unshrink that our beliefs have shrunk us. They have limited our responses. And it profoundly affects our ability to adapt. Adaptability is a book about how people adapt. It is about how to win more often. “In In the future,” writes author Max McKeown, “you can try to maintain what you already have, or you can attempt to transcend the constraints of your situation.

When More Information Leads to More Uncertainty

Harvard Business

Crisis management Psychology Managing uncertainty Digital ArticleA framework for coping — both cognitively and emotionally.

How to Use Uncertainty and Surprise for Breakthroughs


Most leaders are taught to avoid uncertainty. Creating game changers – whether products, services, or new business models – requires leaders to live with uncertainty, embrace ambiguity, and respond to both good and bad surprises along the way. Some companies and leaders have experienced the inherent value of uncertainty and surprise, and actually use it to out-innovate the competition: Intuit’s flagship product was Quicken, the leading software program for managing home finances.

The Effect Of Economic Uncertainty On The Price Of Oil

CEO Insider

Ongoing political uncertainty can take its toll on a number of different elements of society, whether it be the price of the weekly food shop or even the increased cost of fuel.

New eBook: 8 Ways to Lead with Heart in Times of Uncertainty and Change


But there are in fact concrete things leaders can do to navigate the uncertainty, actions they can all take to lead and communicate with heart – and guts. In the midst all the upheaval resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s natural for leaders to feel powerless and anxious. Many are wondering how their business will survive, what the new normal will look like, and just what the pandemic will mean for their personal and professional lives.

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Leaders Stand in the Gap of Uncertainty to Help Others Across

Let's Grow Leaders

Widespread uncertainty marks a failure of leadership. Their organizations will thrive and appreciate their willingness to stand in the gap of uncertainty to help others across. Far too many of us can also relate to working for managers who wielded their title and position authority as their only levers for leading. These managers caused me to question the likelihood of my contributing anything of value to the corporate mission.

Soft Skills for Handling Change and Uncertainty Effectively

Strategy Driven

Although there is a great deal of uncertainty especially in the current environment there are a range of soft skills we can improve and utilize. Tackling Change Amidst Uncertain Circumstances. Handling change is always difficult. It can be tough to adjust to starting a brand new and complex job or needing to shift your business. COVID-19 has resulted in significant changes in all aspects of life.

How Uncertainty Can Actually Build Trust

Mills Scofield

Taking risk requires trust – to discover, try, re-try, be okay with uncertainty, imperfection and even fail. Sometimes using what is ambiguous and unknown can build trust. By experimenting, learning, applying and iterating we build trust in ourselves and each other. Give it a try! Thank you Barbara Kimmel and Trust Across America - Trust Across the World for the opportunity to be part of #TRUSTGiving2014.

Free Webinar for Leaders: 8 Ways to Lead with Heart During Times of Uncertainty and Change


I often talk with leaders about the power in asking, “How can I help?”. It’s in that spirit that we’ve been thinking, too, about how we can help as we move through these uncertain and challenging times. And at the same time give back. Part of our experience and expertise is about helping leaders lead and communicate in a courageous, thoughtful and helpful way. So, we’ve packaged what’s most helpful for leaders in these uncertain times into a FREE webinar.

Coaching Needs for Leaders in Times of Uncertainty

Coaching Tip

9) Working with uncertainty and ambiguity, decision skills. 10) Working with uncertainty and ambiguity, decision skills. Coaches reflect this in their survey feedback, listing “ clarifying purpose ” and “ articulating meaning ,” as well as “ creating and communicating vision ,” as top coaching needs for leaders in times of volatility and uncertainty.