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Managing your own fears inside the company

  1. 1. Managing Your Own Fears Inside the Company
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Fear is endemic in an organization facing hard times. </li></ul><ul><li>But managers should not show fears they feel to their team. </li></ul><ul><li>It sends the wrong signal and can cause employees to lose faith. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Important <ul><li>It is important for anyone in charge of a group to remain in control of himself and his team. </li></ul><ul><li>Until told otherwise it is essential to adopt the command position by knowing and acting on expectations for self and the team. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Be Realistic <ul><li>High achievers fear something more than business failure: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They fear they will not perform up to expectations. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It is critical to address that possibility and think about the possible answers, because being realistic is the first step to find out reasonable and suitable alternative and answers. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Be Realistic <ul><li>We must avoid the unknown, since it is more fearful than the known. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Fear,&quot; goes the German proverb, &quot;makes the wolf bigger than he is.&quot; </li></ul>
  6. 6. Confide in a Friend <ul><li>Talk it out with a friend, preferably not a subordinate. </li></ul><ul><li>You can role play the scenario with her as a means of gaining perspective. </li></ul><ul><li>So often the simple act of speaking out loud is helpful. </li></ul><ul><li>Verbalizing the situation forces an individual to frame the situation in ways that can lead to greater clarity. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Look for Inspiration <ul><li>Find an outlet to release your fear. </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise is always good: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keeping yourself fit is healthy. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Some find hope in their faith, others find it in doing something completely different, perhaps: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coaching a team, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>volunteering at a shelter, or organizing a food drive. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Lighten Up <ul><li>Dwelling in fear is a zero-sum game. </li></ul><ul><li>You must abandon that mindset. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Lighten Up <ul><li>Make light of the situation. </li></ul><ul><li>Take a cue from humorist, Dave Barry, who wrote: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;All of us are born with a set of instinctive fears--of falling, of the dark, of lobsters, of falling on lobsters in the dark, or speaking before a Rotary Club, and of the words 'Some Assembly Required.'&quot; Absurdity never hurt anyone. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Conclusion <ul><li>Fear is reality when dealing with tough times, but how you manage it is the measure of effective leadership. </li></ul><ul><li>One who succumbs and gives up surrenders the ability to lead. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Conclusion <ul><li>Standing up to fear, acknowledging its presence, and resolving to move forward, requires determination, and yes courage. </li></ul><ul><li>That's the stuff of leaders. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Lico Reis Consultoria & Línguas Roberto Lico Reis Feel free to send us suggestions about new presentations, that can help you to face your life or professional challenges. [email_address] E-books: Linkedin: Twitter: @licoreis