Former Irish basketball Captain and Coach, Tim McCarthy, shares lessons from his unique experience operating at the highest levels in the executive, business, sports and media worlds.  In the first of our Gamechanger films, Tim shares his views and expertise on how to manage organisations and people through crises, and we currently face a major and unexpected one in Covid 19.

A friend of mine once said to me, “Life is a battlefield.”

As we sit here in April 2020, we now face a battle we never expected to be facing, Covid-19. It’s a battle for us individually, it’s a battle for our families and it’s a battle for us in business.

From a business perspective, the important thing is how we lead our companies and our people through this battle.

As the extreme adventurer, Damian Browne said,” How you react to hardship tells you more about yourself than you can imagine.”

How we react as leaders in these times will tell us and our people an awful lot about us that maybe we didn’t know or expect to share at this time.

I’ve a blueprint that has helped me through different battles in my career. There are four elements to that blueprint:

  • Leadership
  • Communication and Engagement
  • Controlling the Controllables
  • Care and Trust
Tim McCarthy in action during the 1988 National Cup semi-final – Dawn Milk Blue Demons v Killester – at Neptune Stadium, Cork. ©Tim McCarthy

Gamechanger host, Tim McCarthy in action during the 1988 National Cup semi-final – Dawn Milk Blue Demons v Killester – at Neptune Stadium, Cork. ©Tim McCarthy

In the film above, I share with you these aspects of my blueprint that have helped me throughout different crisis that I’ve faced in business. They may not have been the Covid-19 crisis, but they were crisis none the less.

Our job as leaders is to make sure we have a business to come back to.

A leader is the one who knows the way. A leader is the one who goes the way. A leader is the one who shows the way.

I believe if you use this blueprint, it will go a long way to helping you achieve your goals.

This is a battle we can overcome.

I wish each and every one of you the best, for a personal point of view. That’s the most important thing; that we get through this from a personal viewpoint.

Everything after that will look after itself.

Tim,

 

April 2020