Posted by Oliver Nyumbu
October 19th, 2009
In the field of management practice and thought, one of my heroes is Bill George, the former chairman and CEO of Medtronic, which develops medical technologies to treat chronic diseases. In his latest book, 7 Lessons for Leadership in Crisis he points out the importance of being deliberately systematic in staying positive in a crisis. To help leaders do this, he advocates learning and living by seven lessons:
Don’t be Atlas; get the world off your shoulders.
Dig deep for the root cause.
Get ready for the long haul.
Never waste a good crisis.
You’re in the spotlight: follow your True North.
Go on offense: focus on winning now.
George also makes this observation about leaders: “Everyone inside and outside the company is watching what they do. It is imperative that they stay focused on their True North as it sets a standard internally for principled business behaviour and will make their companies stronger over time”