The last few days of parliament activity have been fascinating to watch on live TV in the House of Commons. To see what actually takes place in the process of finding a way through the quagmire that has become Brexit I have found really interesting.
There have been many passionate speeches and one that I felt truly showed a sense of leadership came from Jess Phillips, MP for Birmingham Yardley.
In her emotional speech, she said she was 'enraged' with Theresa May's 'lack of bravery'. She made it quite clear that she wouldn't sit back and take the misrepresentation from the PM any longer when faced with the potential of a no-deal.
"I will not sit and listen to her crow about employment going up, when where I live employment is falling and hunger is rising."
Regardless of your political views, I think you will relate to someone acting as a leader when they:
According to the Metro, our Civil Service is looking at the possible imposition of martial law after a no-deal Brexit!
If you listen to the live debate in parliament and the special committee discussions live on YouTube it's worrying to think that chaos will erupt after March 29th with such diverse views across all parties and a no-deal still on the table.
Senior intelligence officials, warn there may be violence in the event of ‘no-deal’ or a second referendum.
This is obviously worrying for everyone and has implications for every employer. True, these predictions are based on a no deal scenario but there are still implications for ANY deal.
Will these issues overflow into the workplace? London’s Met police were advising extra security for shops to guard against no-deal panic buying.
Perhaps predicting riots moving from streets to the workplace is a stretch but all leaders must be prepared for a negative impact if there is a no-deal.
Honestly, does anyone really know what's going on with Brexit? Or what the outcomes are going to be? Talk about uncertainty!
Whatever the deal, whatever the outcomes, change is coming and in times of change and uncertainty is when true leaders step forward to do their part.
This post should resonate with you if you lead a team, a small business or a large organisation employing thousands. What should you be doing to help your 'people' prepare for change and to steady the unease that most of your employees will be feeling?
Read on and let's explore some ideas and then some actions you can take now.
Waiting to know what the deal will be, only delays action. Some actions and plans have to wait. You need to know what's on the table, what's agreed and how this impacts you. But other actions can be taken and in particular to those that relate to how your employees are feeling about the uncertainty of their jobs, their futures both in the...
If you think everything is going to remain calm and settled at work come March 29th and that it's going to be business as usual, then think again. Chaos could be just around the corner.
And it may not just be about stock delays, Euro exchange rates, EU citizen employment rights and so on. You may face stresses, strains and breakdowns in your teams with tensions rising as the impact of Brexit becomes a reality in personal lives.
I'm not over dramatising things. My comments are echoed by what the government is preparing for.
According to reports in two Sunday newspapers, British officials have revived Cold War emergency plans to relocate the royal family should there be riots in London if Britain suffers a disruptive departure from the European Union next month.
“These emergency evacuation plans have been in existence since the Cold War, but have now been repurposed in the event of civil disorder following a no-deal Brexit,” the Sunday Times said, quoting an...
I recently wrote a post about Brexit and how it demands that as businesses we look at every opportunity to minimise the risks and to maximise the opportunities that Brexit will bring. And that's regardless of how we leave, when we leave or as some hope for if we leave. Catch up on that post by reading it here.
The post advocates engaging your employees in becoming more commercially aware so that together as a business you can become:
In the post, I stated that there has never been a better time to harness your employees' commitment to change.
In today's new post, I'm exploring that fact in more detail.
I'm going to explain why now is a golden opportunity to have your employees get fully behind the changes you need to make because of Brexit or any other political, economic, social or technological challenges...
Regardless of your personal political viewpoint and whether you are a "remainer" or a "leaver" when it comes to the EU, as a business leader you face the biggest challenge of your career, especially in the advent of a no-deal. Whether we remain or leave, your teams face uncertainty.
Your iceberg is melting, your landscape is changing and your teams need inspiring leadership like never before. Unlike the one or two economic crisis you will have navigated through previously, this time the route ahead is uncharted.
No one has been here before.
The best minds in the economy, trade and commerce don't have the answers on how to move forward with plans that guarantee success. The EU can not give you advice and neither can our own political system.
Your teams face huge uncertainty and right now your role as a business leader is to give them back some certainty, give them the confidence that together, as one team you will be able to take this...