Leadership and waiting for gas
Hurricane Sandy, like Katrina, will take its toll for months, even years to come.
While in the midst of the devastation, it is hard to think about personal and professional behavior, mainly it is about survival. And yet, who we are shows up at every moment: being selfish or selfless is shown in our actions rather than words.
Like standing in line to get a few gallons of gas.
How do you respond when you are cold, tired, and not sure of what the next day holds for you? How do you respond when someone asks if they can get ahead of you in line because their need is greater than yours? How do you respond when someone asks for some money to buy gas for their empty tank?
This is happening all over New Jersey and New York. These dreary days are about what you are made of, so pay attention.
Those of us who are warm and safe in our homes and offices need to think about when the next big wind will hit us personally or professionally.
We are not people who have practiced handling difficult and unexpected situations. We like sameness, homeostasis, rather than change.
We need to become more PatternAware of our behavioral responses and how to be noble and generous in times of adversity. How aware are you of your own behavior when sudden and unwanted change hits? Something for all of us to think about next time you fill your gas tank.