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Mike McKenna

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Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas

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Private Investigator/USAR Responder

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"Zig when others zag ..."


Why they're a Crisis Leader:

The journey to ‘crisis leadership’ is not the same for everyone.

For some, they learn to operate in a crisis-filled environment, then gradually develop leadership skills to lead others in that environment. Many fire and law enforcement crisis leaders come to mind.

For others, they gain leadership acumen over time, and then when a crisis occurs, they step into the moment to lead. Many business leaders come to mind.

For me, I suppose it’s a little bit of both.

However, since I never started out to be a crisis leader, it’s also a bit strange to refer to myself as one now.

So why am I included in this interview project? For starters, my wife encouraged me to participate. Besides being a good steward of her advice, she also suggested it might be hypocritical if I didn’t. Fair point.

Because my background is non-traditional, my experiences have provided me with a much different perspective than most folks.


#1 "What is a Crisis Leader?"

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#2 "What's an example when you relied on your own Crisis Leadership?"

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#3 "What do you know now that you wish you knew then?"

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#4 "What advice would you give someone who wants to improve their own Crisis Leadership?"

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#5 "Who is a Crisis Leader that influenced your career?"

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Key Takeaways:

  • Take action, even when you’re in unfamiliar territory
  • Be prepared to zig when others are zagging
  • Listen to your spouse’s advice
  • Learn from everyone, including lousy leaders
  • Serve others, always
  • Keep your radar on for examples of good leadership
  • Rely on your training as a foundation of decision-making
  • Grow or be left out
  • Build relationships in and outside of your normal circle
  • Maintain a network of other leaders
  • Accept imperfection in order to reach an acceptable result
  • Acknowledge the worst case so you can plan for the best case
  • Consume educational content relentlessly
  • Develop and engage with repeatable processes
  • Be a leader regardless of where you are in the hierarchy
  • Avoid the belief that you must do everything yourself
  • Develop priorities, then build objectives and strategies to achieve them

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