When experiencing rapid change, thinking about the future naturally provokes a degree of anxiety. We tend to look at things from the perspective of our own personal survival and our own competence. We feel a lack of control. Anxiety increases, and unfortunately, the mind freezes. We fail to comprehend what we hear and have difficulty seeing what others see. We seek comfort by falling back on what is familiar to try to make sense of events, reverting to fixes from the past to try to regain control. But a closed mind narrows the view of what is really going on. We lose perspective.
But how do you lead when you have the feeling of brain overload? The solution is simple, and the current environment is ripe for it. Collaborate. Ask questions and hear the answers. Allow others to weigh in. Change is occurring too rapidly for one individual to have all of the relevant and accurate information to make the best decisions.