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Chapter 7. answers for special situation... > Am I going to have a job next month?

70. Am I going to have a job next month?

Questions during a crisis are less about facts and more about emotions. This question comes straight from the gut, not the head. Most leaders I've watched acted as if it were just the opposite. When they ignore the emotions and speak only to the facts, they lose their team or their audience. That's why Yes is such a tempting answer for a leader and why leaders are tempted to use it when it doesn't apply. Nowhere is that more obvious than when it comes to job security. As much as you'd like to be able to answer this question with a yes, don't do it unless you are 100 percent certain.

Of course, not much in today's world is 100 percent certain, so your answer to this question is apt to be closer to I don't know, and there are some comments about that answer in the next chapter. But you're in front of your team right now and don't have time to page through a book to find a formula for success. (Don't bother looking for one. In this kind of situation, formulas don't exist.) Think of it this way. What would you want to hear in this situation? A forthright I don't know or a lot of fancy words and phrases used to obscure the fact that what is being delivered is no answer at all?


  

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