Leaders face numerous risks, unexpected disasters and stressful situations and the same old rules don't always apply in the new workplace. Organizations are busy with contingency plans, disaster scenarios, and drills, and at the same time a new mobile work culture is being introduced. Leaders are trained in policy, protocols, COOP, emergency communications systems, and more. But, are they ready personally? How will they react in a crisis or disaster? What if their new workplace program hits a wall and falls apart? Will they be as effective as the organization needs them to be?
Martha Johnson, former Administrator of the US GSA and leadership author and speaker, shares strategies for leaders to prepare themselves for risk and crisis. She focuses on leaders as humans, with their own personal needs in a stressful situation alongside the duties of their roles and jobs.
This discussion sets leaders thinking about:
- How to learn about personal strengths and weaknesses when under pressure
- How to prepare for risk by comparing personal-life scenarios to potential workplace crises
- What happens when things fall apart and how leaders can re-surface
Much of this webinar presentation is taken from sections of Martha Johnson's newest book, On My Watch: Leadership, Innovation, and Personal Resilience.
Excerpt from MarthaJohnson.com:
In this thoughtful and personal book, Martha Johnson tells the real story of extraordinary innovation underway at GSA even as her own tenure as Administrator during the Obama Administration was cut short by scandal. On My Watch illuminates her strategies of innovation, interruption, transparency, and design in the face of seemingly intractable problems. Read her descriptions of inventive techniques such as SLAMs, Pull Metrics, and flexible workplaces that are relevant to leaders in all sectors of society.
Don't miss her stark discussion of the risks leaders face, especially those who change up the game. On My Watch discusses what happens when things fall apart and how leaders can re-surface. This book can help equip them as they step into the fray.
Martha Johnson is a leadership speaker and writer with a three-decade career in business and government.
She was nominated by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the US Senate to be the Administrator of the General Services Administration, a position she held from 2010-2012. She also served eight years with the Clinton Administration and was on two commissions with the British Government.
Her private sector career has spanned the information technology, architecture, strategic consulting, and automotive industries.
Johnson speaks on topics including leadership, organizational transformation, sustainability, and government innovation. Her book, On My Watch: Leadership, Innovation, and Personal Resilience, shares universal lessons she gained while running the massive and complex GSA.
Johnson was graduated with a BA from Oberlin College and an MBA from the Yale University School of Management. She is married, has two adult children, and resides in Annapolis, Maryland.