Donít Let Rip Currents Get You
I love being at the ocean on a summer day. There’s nothing more relaxing than the warm sun and irresistible sea fragrance. Although life feels carefree when I am at the beach, I also am aware of the potential dangers. As I watched lifeguards rescue swimmers from a rip tide last week, I thought about the parallels with leadership.
Rip tides or rip currents do not pull people under the water; they pull people out to sea. Each year American lifeguards rescue more than 60,000 people from drowning. Of these, more than 80% are rescues of people caught in rip currents. People pulled offshore are unable to keep themselves afloat and swim to shore. This may be due to any combination of fear, panic, exhaustion, or lack of swimming skills. Just like rip tides, there may be hidden currents in your practice. If you keep your cool and know what to do, you’ll be safe.
1. Be Aware of the Signs
2. Keep your Feet on the Bottom as Much as Possible
3. Expect the Unexpected
4. Don’t Panic
5. Call for Help
6. Take a Breather
It’s best to learn how to identify and stay out of rip currents. However, if you get caught in one it’s relatively easy to escape. Call me and we’ll work out a “swim program” for you and your team.
Dr. Haller provides training for leadership effectiveness, interpersonal communication, conflict management, and team building. If you would like to learn more contact her at email@example.com
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