Manage Yourself Before You Manage Others

What’s your trigger in times of change and crisis?

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In the world of leadership, you can go into a situation in which you are prepared with a plan, but invariably something will change. How you manage yourself in these unpredictable situations is as important as the new plan you develop. John Van

Vleck believes that staying calm and managing your own emotional and behavioral state is critical to those around you who are looking to you for leadership, change management and what to do next. John is the founder of The Green Room Collective, which works with organizations to help bring human-centered values to organizational culture, team building and creative ideation.

Formerly a Global Brand Manager for Sprite and the Director of Insights, Ideas and Creativity for The Coca-Cola Company, John excels in creative problem-solving and managing change – and it all begins with self-management.
In the world of leadership, in the world of innovation, or creativity, or problem-solving, you can go in and you should be ready and be prepared with the plan, but invariably something will go wrong. So how you manage yourself in those situations is as important as everything else. Now, great preparation will help you manage that. Experience will help you do that. But staying calm, managing your own state, is critical to those around you who are looking for leadership and looking for you to help them out of that situation.

There is a time on every project that I've ever done around innovation and creative problem-solving, where I think the whole thing is like a train going off a cliff. Then somehow through leadership, through the process, the tools and techniques and the right behaviors everything rights itself and you get to your destination. But, during that moment where everything looks uneasy and you're not quite sure where it's going, you've got to manage yourself before you manage others, because others will pick up on cues and the signals that you're sending them and will respond accordingly, either pro or con.

When there is a crisis one of the best things that you can do and if you're not sure what to do, is to simply call a time out. Take a moment to gather yourself, confer with your partner, confer with the people you're working with, and then form a plan of action. It's easy to think that as the person in front that you have to have all the answers. Sometimes the best thing you can do is to simply say, "I don't know. Let's take a break. Let's give it some time. Let's think about it." And allow yourself time to think about something else, and your subconscious will pick it up, and it will work on it. Very often when you come back to it, it's like, lo and behold there is the answer.
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John Van Vleck

What's missing in business? Humanity. Feel. Edge that leads to something new and unique. John Van Vleck is the founder of The Green Room Collective, working with organizations to help bring these values to organizational culture, team b...

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