Don’t even go there.
While you are at it avoid adding “not” to these words too: Should, Could, Would, and Can.
When everything falls apart, rise above it and embrace your inner Phoenix. History has proven that people ALWAYS move towards survival. Choosing a can-do attitude might not be your first thought when in the middle of a crisis, but the sooner you get there the better for all.
In “Closure”, the 2006 book about the rescue and recovery mission at the World Trade Center site on 9/11, author Lt. William Keegan Jr. is thrust into the role of leadership at a level that no one could ever prepare for nor imagine. Through his words, we are drawn into the intimate evolution of a leader and learn that it is all about “finding possibilities” when the world is turned upside down.
Keegan explains that the emergency protocol for a disaster site is to set up a command post. Usually this task is straight forward, but chaos has a way of turning the “simple” into the ‘complex”: the street was lined with trees providing no room for the tents.
One man at the site moved beyond the immobility of ‘don’t” and set his sights on “Do”. He grabbed a chainsaw and cut down the trees. Keegan wrote it was a necessary measure, that required judgment (cut the trees) and not just mere facts (there is no room).
For leaders of chaos “Don’t” and “Can’t” are four letter words best left in the “Land of No” far-far-away from the “Land of Do”.
Individuals who lead chaos think in the realm of possibilities. They think: “When working towards success there is no time for failure.”
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