Written on Monday, October 29th as Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast
I am sitting here in the middle of Frankenstorm, waiting to lose power, thinking about the impact that this storm will have on the Northeast. It is a big storm … historic really. Overhyped? Possibly. But this is our reality today. We get caught up in the massive coverage, the pictures, the stories, the anticipation continues to build. The storm is still some 200 miles away from my home in Massachusetts, but its impact is already being seen. I am left wondering how prepared I am, how prepared employers are for this event. What is their contingency plan for this one?
How many days will this hold us up for; two or three? Not really sure. But I do know that it is important to reach out and continually communicate with your people. Keep track of where they are, reach out and make sure they are okay, safety first on this one. Even in the chaos of the business climate of today, there are times like this, where we all need to step back and assess what is important. We will catch up on the work that is needed to be done, we will all get back at it soon enough. But be smart, do not hold your employees hostage, check in, communicate with one another and then hunker down.
Enjoy the time at home, build a fort with your kids, read a book, or play Connect Four. The work is not going anywhere. I have talked a good deal about the importance of emotional intelligence as a leader. Today is the day to exercise your emotional intelligence. Find something that will allow you to take a breath, refresh yourself and get yourself ready to go when it is time to get back at it. I like to reflect and write, I tend to find solace in it. We all need to find what helps us relax, and allows us to avoid being caught up in the worry or the hype.
Take this storm seriously, it is the real deal, but do not fret over what you cannot control. Prepare for the worst but keep yourself calm and keep a watch on your people. It is good practice during times of emergency, but it is also good practice during your normal routine. Use this time to reflect on what is really important, and do not lose sight of that when things start ramping up again.