High stress environments change the way we make decisions. We tend to narrow the number of points of inputs so we can make quicker decisions. This is partly a result of retreating into an older, more primitive part of our brain.
Good crisis decision makers know this and have practices that help them think broader. And to help move them into our parts of their brains. The stress or nerves do not disappear entirely. The same happens with elite athletes. They have routines to centre and calm themselves before they perform.
Change often are or become high stress environments for us or members of our teams. Knowing ourselves and each other deeply enough to figure out how to move us into different places in our brains and routines can help us all move forward.
Change makers also know this and act. How can you help your team shift towards calm?