Adding additional challenges (like a global pandemic) to normal business challenges (like competitors) requires a different strategy to deal with stress. Now, we can’t just go to the gym, or work more aggressively in the same lanes we used to. Switching lanes requires reflection, solitude.
Leading busy lives reduces our mental capacity for structured thinking-- time dedicated to write and organize our thoughts. These are the primary skills we need during times of immense change and decision making.
In moments of war and intense decision making, Dwight D. Eisenhower would spend time, alone, in a tent, writing down his concerns. Then, perform an analysis on decisions and outcomes before providing a directive. He noted: Soldiers had fear when information was unknown. Collecting his thoughts helped with giving the appropriate information needed to carry out an order.
Solitude, then, is an invitation to depth of thinking-- and thinking deeply is the core driver of good decision making, and the ability to communicate them.
Tip: Develop a consistent practice of solitude to help you discover new information and organize your thoughts for intuitive decision making.
Originally published on LinkedIn.