Is there any industry that’s been disrupted more at a global level over the past twenty years than the cruise lines? In this episode, David Giersdorf, a former senior executive in the global cruise, travel, and marketing services industry, gives the roadmap for leading through disruption. It’s optimistic, encouraging, and full of opportunities to help you navigate your company, career, team, and life through the fog of disruption.
Leading Through Disruption
2:00 – Early leadership lessons being “born” into the global travel industry.
3:40 – THe need to balance results with relationships
5:08 – The challenge of disruption
6:05 – The anxiety of navigating through fog and uncertainty
9:18 – How to find the opportunity in every disruption.
13:45 – The role your values play in leading through disruption
16:00 – Where to look to find opportunities during disruptive times
20:05 – How David keeps growing and learning
21:36 – We take a detour to learn more about David’s Iron Man pursuits
22:33 – The role of training and discipline in helping you lead effectively
23:58 – Finding your waypoints – getting at the truth of a situation as quickly as possible.
24:58 – The range of facts you might have available that you might not consider at first
26:29 – The two most common types of disruptions and how to respond
29:12 – How a clear purpose allows you and your team to respond quickly and keep moving through disruption
33:04 – What’s your strategy for staying afloat and ensuring you can keep moving?
34:10 – Find your “first first” – the thing that you must get right or everything else doesn’t matter. It’s not always what you think.
39:33 – Turning the disruption into the core of your future success
42:49 – What to do when you’re looking ahead, seeing opportunities in the disruption, but having trouble persuading others of your perspective.
45:12 – Why patience and perspective are critical if you want to persuade and influence others.
47:21 – The role of anti-fragility – how to make you, your team, and your organization more resistant to bumps and disruptions.
48:30 – Mitigating risk
56:00 – The power of giving over control (both for surviving storms and leading through disruption)