Is your organization suffering from Post-Financial Stress Disorder?

Traveling around visiting many companies of many different shapes, sizes and with different purposes, I came up with a term that I want to share with you: Postfinancial Stress Disorder or PFSD.

Many great companies had to do severe actions to mitigate the financial crisis’ effects. Even companies not directly involved, saw themselves life-threatened by customer’s sudden inability to secure funds for their demands. In respond, many companies downsized and rationalized, often with much hardship and pain. Out of the crisis came those that survived typically stronger and potentially ready to grow again… But why is it then that it is not going as fast as we think it should?

Why is it that your employees and co-workers are irritable? That the smallest side step seems to generate unwarranted tension? And that even as things pick up, everybody seems chronically suffering from dysphoria or maybe anger? Instead of reaching out for the chance in this new poscrisis world, anxiety about their job (losing it or keeping it, it seems) seem to be the going rate of motivation?

It might just be that your company is suffering from PFSD. A result of having had to bleed the organization dry to the point of almost exhaustion. Having gone from a world were the sky is the limit, and every opportunity was jumped on with joy, to a bleak hangover reality from a sudden, and maybe undeserved, kick in the head from, what feels like, out of the blue. What is worse is that suffering from PFSD can make you question everything you believed once and subsequently lead you to a new crisis as you try to avoid the last one.

Getting out of PFSD is not something that happens automatically. It takes effort. You have to work with the organization. Tell it the outlook is different now. Feed it the right nutrition and in the right quantities. Today is the right time to ask: What have you done to relieve PFSD today?

If you want to learn and do more:

  1. Think (that is how I came up with this term to describe what I’ve been seeing lately)
  2. Google (there are other great bloggers out there that have simurlar thoughts and might inspire you, like here and here)
  3. Think again (that is always good)
  4. Plan
  5. Act

Commitment to positivity

I had a pretty boring meeting a while back. It was one of those where you just know it is a show dance going in. Lots of talking around the same topic. Nothing new likely to emerge. No direct take aways and you trying to stay awake by remembering that life slips away with every breath you take.

Well, talking in the morning with sweetie Katja she mentioned that my attitude was wrong and not like what I normally preach. Which is true. I despise negative people and those that blame others instead of trying to fix it themselves (even if it is not their fault).

So true. I am normally committed to positivity, so why not this morning? Well… Maybe I just forgot? After all sometimes life is boring. Sometime looking for the roadblocks makes you miss the road all together. Sometimes, by reasons of your own doing or not, it does, as Sick of It All sings, take “So much strength Necessary to deal  With the everlasting shit storm”. However staying positive is important, as it gives you energy to proceed. So how do we still remember to keep positive?

I made this simple tool: Take a slide. Insert the sentence “Commitment to Positivity” and a picture that simply shows what you have to stay positive about, like a goal of some sort. You can also write a short sentence to make it really clear. It can be a strategy workstream that is troublesome, maybe a loved ones with whom your relationship is slacking, or something else that matters to you and where positive energy is needed to propel your engine. To exemplify I have made one with Steve Morrison our great Lion player who did his best to almost propel us to the playoffs. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. But with our commitment to positivity I am sure it will happen one day (at least it looks like Ironworks will be joining us in the Championship, hehe).

Of cause you should not be cheated from a song, so here is Dominated by New York Hardcore legends Sick of It All. I believe this song is what happens to you and the people around you if you forget a basic Commitment to Positivity.

On a last note, the meeting did turn out a lot more useful than I had anticipated, because sometimes even boring meetings are good meetings.

Osama’s body – A missed opportunity (bad taste alert)?

Ok… Bad taste alert here – But hey – innovation is not always fun to hear about. Also, I am in deep water here, ‘cause I will shortly be talking about something I do not know anything about (an alert to me that I should likely shut up): Al-Qaeda and international terrorism. But here goes:

Why did they dump Osama’s body at sea? I simply don’t get it! I realize that a burial can potentially lead to a shine forming. But is that so bad? Think about it. The only reason that would happen is because his body apparently holds value. I am an entrepreneur, and I hate seeing value go to waste, because it means we as humans are not evolved enough to utilize our scarce resources to their maximum ability. However when we do pursue the value inherent in some resources it helps evolve the world and make it happier for everyone.

Now I don’t think anybody will doubt that Osama when alive created a lot of loss. So why are we wasting his last chance to create value and help rebuild some of the damages he was responsible for? So here is my business pitch of the day:

Bury Osama somewhere a lot of tourist goes and preferably somewhere a bit tacky and very sinful – I am thinking Las Vegas stripclub Olympic Gardens and charge 50 bucks entry that would go (almost) directly to the victims of terrorism.