Leading in a Chaotic Business Environment

Business today is flat out crazy. People are crazy, customers are crazy, and vendors are crazy. All this craziness naturally leads to a chaotic business environment, which can eat you up and spit you out if you don’t know what to do, and how to do it. Yes, the odds are against you in terms of succeeding in business today, but there are certain actions you can take as a leader, that will put the odds in your favor, and I’m going to share them with you below.

Implement what you learn.

Like with everything that I write, if you just read the information you’re really not doing yourself justice. You need to put what you learn into action and get an implementation plan mapped out. If you need help, let me know.

Dump ridiculous rules.

If a rule is too hard to understand, or you need to make a rule, so everyone can follow another rule, it’s never going to work. The simpler, the better. If a rule makes no sense, don’t keep it, either update it, or dump it all together.

Talk directly to who you need to.

Why go round-and-round when it’s easier to just walk over and talk to who you want to speak with. Hiding in an office makes no sense. Employees know how to act, and if they don’t, get rid of them.

Take the shortest path.

There’s no sense in taking the long road and driving an RV along the coastline for eight hours when you can cut through a mountain and be their in ten minutes. Business is fast, it’s furious, so work as fast as you can, on as much as you can, so that you can achieve the most, in the least amount of time.

Keep everything as simple as possible.

Simple, simple, simple. There’s absolutely no better way. If you’re not able to explain what’s going on in less than a minute or two, there’s a bigger problem. Make everything you do super easy to implement and understand.

Only participate in high value activities.

There are a ton of people that work twelve hours a day, but accomplish very little, and there are people that work two hours a day, but accomplish a ton. The difference is the activities that they engage in. Work when you’re at work. Play when you’re not.

Get rid of useless meetings.

If you don’t need to be in a meeting, walk out. It’s not rude, it’s actually effective. Crazy people sit in meetings all day wondering in their head why in the world they’re sitting there. Productive people know better, and take action by walking out.

Don’t talk just to hear yourself talk.

Listening is a way bigger asset than what you probably think. If you have something important to say, then say it, otherwise, don’t waste time pondering this-and-that and what-if type theories. Go with what you have in front of you for best results.

My recommendation, is to always keep things simple. I know of organizations that make everything so complex and difficult to understand, that their employees, as well as their customers, are lost most of the time. Leading in a chaotic business environment is about empowering employees to make decisions for themselves, so that they can prosper, while creating their own unique paths to success. It’s about being accountable, and maintaining maximum productivity at all times.