Crying wolf, i.e. raising false alarms, was the demise of the sheep herder in Aesop’s Fables. Exploding or over-reacting to every compliance issue that comes our way turns us into the Wolf Crier.
An Alarmist is someone who is considered to be exaggerating a danger and thereby causing needless worry or panic. When we aren’t grounded, and are in “alarm” mode, we lose the ability to think outside the box, to be able to look at the bigger picture, and to ask the right questions to determine the scope of the issue.
Calm in the Eye of the Storm. A fair number of the folks that we have daily interactions with have storms brewing, or are already full blown. Our challenge is to not let the external storm cause internal chaos that can blow our ability to stay rationale, thoughtful, and most importantly, be the calm one who stops the swirling and steps back to assess the complete problem, thus allowing us to get to the bottom of whatever is causing the storm.
Which one are you?
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