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As I write this today, our country and our world appear to be in chaos with no end in sight. First and foremost, I want to say that I was appalled and hurt by the senseless death of George Floyd.  It was tragic, and there are no words to justify what happened to him. I continue to hope and pray that our leaders will listen to the people and provide solutions in order for this to stop. 

As a result of this senseless death, chaos ensued as peaceful protesting turned violent and destructive. Suddenly the pandemic was no longer front and center. One reaction led to another, and today, ten days later, things are still chaotic with mayors being booed by their own constituents, police defunding movements, and inconsistent pandemic rules from state to state, county to county, business to business. Everyday we see the news and ask, “Will this ever end?” 

During this chaos, private enterprise successfully launched into space, more people went back to work, and many states fully opened up. Despite the events front and center on the media, many great things are happening on a daily basis. 

Chaos in my opinion is created when you don’t have strong leadership, consistent values, and a well built moral foundation. Look at the pandemic as an example.  Our leaders have been and continue to be inconsistent, which therefore continues to create confusion, anger, and frustration. In some states, Phase 2 is two weeks.  In my state, Phase 2 is six weeks.  In some states, you can visit your neighbors and in others you can’t.  Throughout the country, the same data is being used to make decisions about reopening.  Why then are all states reopening at different paces?  Additionally, our data is inconsistent.  The CDC released a statement that COVID-19 most likely can’t be spread from hard surfaces…but they do they really know?  WHO said that it is highly unlikely that asymptomatic people that tested positive for COVID-19 cannot spread the virus…and then maybe they didn’t say that?

During the protests, not one leader warned about the health dangers of protesting, and in fact, many participated in the protests themselves.  However, two months ago the “open up” peaceful protesters were warned, told to go home, and some were broken up due to safety concerns. Inconsistency reigns supreme, and as a result, chaos continues. 

As I have boundless faith in my fellow citizens, I believe that we will continue to overcome chaos. Unfortunately, we tend to react before we have all the facts.  In business, do you make decisions based on facts or emotion? Are you reactive or proactive?  What is your emotional intelligence in your business?  I’d ask that we all reflect on how we lead, gather information, and then react. Inconsistency, emotional outbursts, reactionary decisions, or marketing tactics can lead to chaos in the workplace. We are here to help. If you’d like to learn more, please contact us at Sumus. 

Jim Baker

Jim Baker

Sumus was founded by Jim Baker, an entrepreneur with 27 years’ experience bootstrapping and growing his business organically and through acquisition, to share his experience by providing advisory services around Board representation, Organization and Branding Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Value enhancement and Exit strategy.