What Can Managers Learn from Brexit?

What Can Managers Learn from Brexit?

With Brexit looming ever closer, it’s no wonder managers, leaders and CEOs are beginning to show concerns.

Almost every manager I know wants to prepare.

Unfortunately, since it’s not been done before, the effects of Brexit cannot be accurately predicted but, as with most moments of change, we’re sure it will be a learning curve for everyone.

So, what exactly can we managers learn from Brexit?


How to Prepare for Big Change

Brexit is nothing if not a big change.

Change regularly scares managers and can send the team into disarray.

If you’ve ever changed your company’s processes, you’ll know the chaos that can ensue!

As with Brexit, the key to a smooth transition is in preparation – and as Theresa May’s recent defeat in court demonstrates, if you fail to prepare, you should prepare to fail!

From personal experience, changes within a company are a lot easier on everyone if everyone is kept informed and have the space to add to the discussion.


Good Communication is Key

Brexit was always expected to be somewhat problematic but there have been many bumps in the road that could have been avoided.

For example, many a time we were told what would and would not be accepted within the deal – and still wrote those elements into the deal.

As a manager myself, I find that nothing frustrates employees more than feeling out of the loop.

Equally, nothing instils chaos more than Chinese whispers! Communicate changes long before they happen and allow people to communicate concerns and ideas.


Everyone Offers Valuable Information

Following on from open channels of communication, recognise that every single one of your employees has had different experiences and can therefore offer something different to the conversation.

Every manager knows data is valuable so be sure to collect as much of it as possible.

As Theresa May soon learned, local MPs know the opinions of the people and should have been made a priority in creating a deal to make the majority happy.


Always Have a Plan B

Not all plans are successful and that’s okay. A failed plan does not make a failed manager!

When a plan does fail, the team will look to you for what to do next, and from personal experience, a blank grimace will not do!

Brexit has not always gone to plan either, but the key is in creating a diagram with realistic expectations and fail-safes.

Approach all long-term plans with an ‘if not A then B’ strategy and you’ll not be caught out without a plan?


Non-Transparency Will Catch You Out

Don’t sell your ideas based on untruths because, as we have seen with Brexit, all will be revealed in the end!

Your employees will respect transparency and will be able to help contribute to plans and prepare for all eventualities when they know the full story.

Change is a lot less scary for everyone when it is properly understood and prepared for.

So, what can managers learn from brexit

Good managers see every experience as a learning experience! What have you learned from Brexit?


read on

Related Posts

Executive coaching certification

Executive coaching certification

In the ever-shifting terrain of leadership, executives find themselves traversing a labyrinth of challenges, each demanding a unique blend of resilience, adaptability, and empathy. Exploring the depths of leadership challenges.

leadership programs for executives

Executive leadership programs

Drawing on over three decades of experience in the coaching field, I’ve witnessed firsthand the profound impact leadership programs for executives can have on transforming organisations for the digital age.

Executive coaching courses

Executive coaching

Imagine yourself stepping into the role of an executive coach, equipped with years of expertise and a toolkit brimming with strategies to inspire, motivate, and empower your clients. As someone who has traversed this enriching terrain for over three decades, allow me to shed light on the profound rewards and boundless opportunities that await you in the realm of executive coaching.

ideas for life

Ideas for life – no more resolutions

Why most of us fail? If you are in the incredible 20% of people who hit their resolutions every year, congratulations! You are a rare breed 🙌🥳👏 For the rest of us, it is mostly a journey downwards into a spiral of failure, guilt, and frustration which circles back to thinking less of ourselves and hardly ever making us feel good or achieve anything meaningful. Most of us fail for three main reasons: Lack of clarity, Unreasonable expectations, and Lack of inspiration or passion.