Unless we are gifted with infinite levels of patience, we are likely to blow our top at least once in our lifetime. It can be a defining moment, or it could define you.

For some it’s a way to let off steam. And, if that works, they are likely to repeat it, ensuring a vapour trail of mystified people who may well wonder why they deserved to be at the business end of such incendiary outbursts. As the casualties mount, as you rise through the ranks, you’ll realise there are fewer people to blast. Gets kind of lonely at the top then….

For others, that kaboom moment may be a revelation; from observing with shock the aftershock of the explosive outburst to a self-exploration of the necessity for such behaviour. If the end was worth the means, then they might continue to be mean. However, if it only made everyone skittish and a bundle of nerves in their presence, another route might work better.

As the person helming your troops, how you behave often reflects on how your organisation runs and is perceived. People talk — word of mouth, online…. If your management team is brimming with confidence and ideas it will likely translate into a healthy business model. And if fear is the foundation of your enterprise, then it’s highly unlikely that it will fulfil its true potential.

A changing world often puts tremendous stress on leaders trying to balance a host of things going on at the same time. From meetings that chase bottom lines and non-stop emails to travel and beyond, it’s running as fast as you have to go without a pause button.
On occasion, then, when faced with a crisis or a crucial decision, it couldn’t hurt to just take a deep breath, count to 10 and let that extra oxygen lend some clarity to the matter.


Kannan Chandran