As we loop from action back to observing the results of our actions we have completed the experiment of one OODA loop. We observed reality, oriented to a hypothesis about it and decided on an experiment to act upon. The results of that experiment feed into our next loop. With luck and some skill, we will loop closer and closer to creating a new reality that works for us and those in our circles of care.
In times of real crisis, we will loop through OODA with the following intentions for ourselves, our teams an organizations. As leaders, we are like emergency room doctors seeking to ensure the patient survives, heals and eventually thrives again. To that end, we must focus on each step in turn:
- Stabilize - ensure vital processes of life and value creation continue.
- Heal - the damage done in the crisis and in our first responses.
- Invigorate - integrate and breath life into the new normal that emerges after the crisis and healing.
Skipping steps in this process will only add risk to your situation. Really focus on observing and orienting around what will be required for survival, make decisions and act in as many loops as are required to ensure survival before you move on to the healing process. You will learn valuable things about your business, your self and your team by investing in this process. As you go, integrate your new wisdom into your daily leadership practices.
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