Champion The Moment


As a leader, how do you champion the moment when the opportunity arrives?

Championing the moment involves much more than doing a good job. It’s about making a choice to be the best possible version of you that you can be and owning your attitude. Consider role models or people you’ve had the good fortune to work with or to know. Can you think of anyone whose style especially impressed you? What about their demeanor did you remember?


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Think of a time when you were presented with a problem or situation that required not only self control, but above average problem-solving skills. Now think about how you handled it. When you look back at the situation, were you proud of yourself, or could you have done things differently?

You want to be remembered as the person who makes things better for the next person and keeps your cool in all situations, especially in business.

Being the person who displays the most poise and class is always a plus. It’s easier to solve problems or challenges when I can sail through situations smoothly by keeping calm and thinking with a clear head sans the emotion. It’s not always an easy thing to do, but that’s how we grow personally and professionally.

Additionally, stepping back from a problem and taking some time to think about the solution really does produce better results rather than reacting right away. Try it the next time you’re in a situation that involves nerves of steel.

Remember these key items:

  • Keep your calm
  • Show poise and class
  • Use excellent judgment

After situations resolve themselves, you want to be able to look back and feel good about how you handled yourself and the task you completed. The end result is always the best possible thing to keep in mind.

Impress yourself by taking a different road the next time you’re presented with a difficult or detailed situation. You’ll be surprised and pleased with the results.

What are some ways that you have shown grace under fire? How have you resisted the temptations to come unraveled and kept your cool?

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  1. Manoranjan Chowhan on May 2, 2009 at 1:58 am

    Excellent and nice article to ponder upon and incalculate the positive habits.
    Congratulation for such wonderful tips.
    with warm regard from Manoranjan

  2. John Geraghty on November 30, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Albert Einstein said “The field is the only thing that matters,” and by that he meant the energy from which our solutions emanate.

    Too often, we become technically proficient, while failing to develop into the people from which greatness is even possible.

    I concur with you. Staying “Joe Cool” is critical, but not so much from a control perspective as from a natural expression of who we are. When we are willing to be open, refrain from taking things personally, and have an inquisitive nature, recognizing we don’t know everything, staying cool is a pleasant walk in the park.

  3. Lance Levin on June 24, 2010 at 9:32 am

    In my book Define you moments and make it happen, I list 7 success factors which assist a leader or person to be successful. These include, being a long term visionary and a short term obsessive personality and taking action. And I based it not only on my own experience, but more importantly on case studies and interviews with top leaders. The opportunity that you have spoken about I believe is such a moment of clarity, which I call a Defining moment. I also know that when these moments come along, especially for a leader or even the typical man on the street, the way he handles these moments will ultimately determine the success or failure of these opportunities. But most importantly of all, it is the willingness to take action and not to rest on one’s laurels.