Over the last few months our business has undergone some pretty significant changes.
A new leadership structure, a physical move after more than 15 years in the same location, and a fundamental shift in the structure of our organisation has produced more change in the last six months than in the previous six years.
As a leader that is scary stuff.
I must admit that I felt relieved as I read the article below . Our "fear reflex" is part of our reptilian brains and it is trying to keep us safe. At the same time fear can be managed and it can be overcome.
It has been said many times that leadership takes courage. I always thought that was trite phrase, but maybe it's not. By understanding your own fears, and not succumbing to them, but instead using them to continually improve and innovate can only be a good thing.
When we’re in the grip of our fears, we are at least 25 times less intelligent than we are at our best. We don’t think straight. And we’ll most likely reject anything that takes us out of our comfort zone. This reaction is well known today as the “amygdala hijack.” It’s when our more primitive, or “crocodilian” brain wired for survival takes over. When our crocodiles are active, we are resistant to change and are operating from a fear of survival. Our crocodiles are trying to keep us safe, at the cost of innovation and change.