Chaos is when events start to rapidly and completely diverge from what we expect they would be or would become. Chaos exists when there is an enormous difference between what we expect (our expectations) and what we see (our reality). The final ingredient to chaos is that we feel either partially or completely incapable and / or unprepared to react, lead, and action effectively against this large difference that exists between our expectations and our reality. With this definition of chaos, chaos can be a business fighting for its life, a military experience, or a parent taking care of three toddlers by themselves over a long weekend.
The important thing to realize is that just because chaos exists does not mean you have to fall victim or even feel like a victim to a chaotic environment. Military skills help leaders at all levels adapt, adjust, and overcome chaos to achieve success.
Here are 5 ways to use military leadership skills to manage chaos:
Chaos can be an ending or a new beginning to leaders, a team, and an organization. Leaders and organizations that truly adopt and utilize military leadership skills during times of chaos will find themselves successful and better for the harrowing experience.
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About the Author: Chad Storlie is a Retired US Army Officer, the author of Combat Leader to Corporate Leader and has published over 280 articles in over 170 publications on military veterans, career advancement, business, leadership, strategy, education, financial planning, and national security topics. Chad excels as an author, mentor, speaker, and teacher showing business leaders and military veterans how military skills make lives, careers, and businesses better. Chad is an adjunct Professor of Marketing at Creighton University. Chad has a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from Georgetown University. Follow Chad @CombatToCorp and www.CombatToCorporate.com.
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