Calm, composed and clear-headed in a crisis?
Updated: May 27
If you are working in a finance role are you feeling calm, composed and clear-headed?
“Born to a world in crisis,
Arab Oil, petrol queues and Vietnam”
These are the opening lines from a poem my Dad wrote for me when I turned 21.
I doubt that being born during a crisis shapes you.
But, perhaps living through unpredictable and #challenging circumstances does?
In the last 20 years, I’ve
Been locked down in Khartoum for a week during a period of political unrest
Had sleepless nights when there was only c.£30k in the bank and payroll was c.£500k
Worked in Sri Lanka after the tsunami and Pakistan after the 2005 earthquake
Fired people, conducted disciplinaries and negotiated departures
Been investigated by the European Office of Anti-Fraud. A Kafkaesque experience
Spent an awful day hiding out in a corridor when police broke into our compound to collect “taxes” on a new vehicle
Been a passenger in a vehicle that overturned twice. Luckily we came out without a scratch
And, that's not all! I'm not threatened by change or uncertainty. They energise me.
Contact me if you want someone to
solve problems with you in a pragmatic way
pull irons out of the fire with
collaboratively develop strategies to communicate clearly
listen and ask the tough questions others might not be prepared to ask
be your sounding board
support you in cheerleading or challenging your assumptions
My experience, humour, optimism and willingness to deliver value will make a difference.