Navigating Change in 90 Seconds: Possible?

 

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Navigating Change in 90 Seconds: Is It Possible?
Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius once said, “You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this and you will find strength.”

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor can attest to this. A pioneer in the science behind creating inner calm, her research has found that when you respond to a stressful trigger event, chemicals race through the body that put your body on high alert. But it only takes 90 seconds for those chemicals to flush out. Any remaining inner strain is because of an active decision to stay in the emotional response loop, not because you are still biologically reacting.

Why not test out the theory the next time a stressful trigger event occurs? Observe your emotional response for roughly two minutes, even naming the emotions as they arise. In taking the time to identify the pain, anger, anxiety, or fear you feel, you give your body a pause during the fight-or-flight instinct. This is similar to the meditative practice of allowing thoughts to pass and not allowing them to derail your cool.

When it comes to navigating the demands and pressures of a workplace environment, Bolte Taylor’s 90-second trick could certainly come in handy. For example, if your best salesperson resigns, you may feel an immediate hit of adrenaline in response. Instead of floundering in disappointment, allow your body to feel it and let it pass. Thereafter make a choice to move forward with composure and compassion, asking yourself how you can intentionally learn from this setback in order to move forward having gained valuable insight.

Navigating change in 90 seconds is indeed possible. Change will happen. What’s important is the story you tell yourself once it does. Be prepared and know how to process it, and you’ll see positive results in your business.

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6 Reasons It’s Time to Consider a Website Overhaul
Maintaining your website doesn’t always require complete reconstruction. Often, a simple graphics refresh or updating a few pages can do the trick. However, there are certain indicators that tell you when it’s wise to reinvest in your online presence. If your website:

Isn’t your best salesman. Your website is not an advertisement; it’s a lead-generating machine. There should be a quick and simple way for people to start a conversation with you on each and every page.

Is eating your competitors’ dust. You could pour endless cash into continually optimizing a website. While it’s important to keep up with competitors, focus most on how well your website is working for you. If you’re truly falling behind, chances are competitors’ websites are working harder for them than yours is working for you.

Isn’t “responsive.” There are many complex layers that make a website work; what’s seen when browsing the web is just the surface. “Responsiveness” ensures your website appears as you intended on every screen size. This is especially important for cell phone browsers (also known as being “mobile-friendly”).

Has a high “bounce rate.” This statistic shows how many visitors “bounce” from, or leave, your website after viewing only one page (usually the home page). If your bounce rate is over 60%, consider hiring an expert to improve your site’s structure.

Is slow. Up to 40% of people will “bounce” from your site if it takes longer than three seconds to load. You can check your website’s performance through a speed test like Google’s here: https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights

Better reflects your business from five years ago. As your business has grown over the years, your navigation may be geared toward an outdated business model. This can be difficult to use from a consumer perspective. Restructure your site to speak outward toward the clients you want to attract.

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Be courageous in facing the facts. Hope and vision are integral to effective leadership. However, when crisis hits, this same optimism can also lead toward a naïve “optimism bias” and “playing ostrich.” Dare to have the audacity, discipline, and wisdom to confront the facts.

Uncertainty creates shadows; communication creates light. It’s natural to pull back when we don’t have all the answers, but the “wait and see” approach can be detrimental to keeping a confident and engaged team. Leaning into the facts and being brave in transparency set the foundation for trust and teamwork. Remember that “any news” is better than “no news” for employees. Now is the time to learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Pivot the pressure into a superpower. Defining the problem your business is actually facing when in crisis mode can be a deceivingly challenging task. It can also be an opportunity for incredible clarity, innovation, and diversification.

While you may need to briefly slow down your charge, have caution to not abandon or retreat from your vision and mission. Instead, stay true to course by implementing adaptable and creative solutions that navigate back to your long-term goals.

All hands on deck. Stress the importance of getting through this crisis together. Make sure each person feels the value his or her individual contribution provides to the greater whole. Set team expectations by clearly expressing what you will need from your staff to get through the present situation.

Cut the jargon. Transparent communication is paramount, but were you actually understood? Breaking down complex terms into digestible language empowers employees to feel they can make a difference, conveys a sense of empathy that retains confidence, and elevates the entire organization’s business-level acumen. This is an opportunity to cultivate an even smarter business from the ground up.

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