In business and in life, we’re put to the test not when things are going right, but when they get chaotic. How we react can be the difference between success and failure, and determine whether our organization comes together or completely falls apart. The most successful associations can lead their teams and members through challenges and empower them to thrive in the chaos.

I spent my career as an international aid and development worker, working in some of the most chaotic environments around the globe. I developed a chaos framework to help organizations thrive in chaos.

BE PREPARED FOR THE CHAOS

It is one of the most foundational components of the framework. The one thing you can do right now is to evaluate how prepared your association is for chaos, because when it happens, it happens fast. Chaos is inevitable and there would be little to no time to adjust if you and your organization aren’t ready when it hits.

DOES EVERYONE KNOW THE MISSION?

I’m not talking about your mission statement. I’m asking if everyone is clear on what you are trying to accomplish for your members. They also need to be clear on each of their roles for achieving that. They need to know what part they play to thrive under pressure. The challenges, expected and unexpected, are going to keep coming no matter what. If everyone is clear on what they’re trying to accomplish, it would be easier to get back on track when the chaos hits.

Chaos may be inevitable, but if everyone knows what they should be doing at this moment to accomplish goals, they won’t just survive—they’ll thrive.

Corinne Hancock is a globally recognized expert in building world-class leaders, effective teams and cultural proficiency, in chaotic environments. With over a decade of international aid and development experience working around the world developing bold leaders, building highly effective teams, conducting medical trainings and directly delivering medical care.

Corinne translates her expertise from working in chaotic environments into real results through effective and interactive keynote presentations, corporate training and executive coaching, helping organizations and individuals thrive in chaos.

Corinne not only challenges the status quo in international development and relief, but also pushes her own participants to achieve growth beyond their expectations. She has worked on over 50 international projects with leading organizations across for-profit, non-profit and governmental sectors such as US Department of State, USAID, Project C.U.R.E., Newmont Mining, Kinross Gold, BoldLeaders, State Civic Design Team, Raising Malawi, Mountain 2 Mountain, Edge of Seven, Valor Bridge and more.

Corinne Hancock is a globally recognized expert in building world-class leaders, effective teams and cultural proficiency, in chaotic environments. With over a decade of international aid and development experience working around the world developing bold leaders, building highly effective teams, conducting medical trainings and directly delivering medical care. Corinne translates her expertise from working in chaotic environments into real results through effective and interactive keynote presentations, corporate training and executive coaching, helping organizations and individuals thrive in chaos. Corinne not only challenges the status quo in international development and relief, but also pushes her own participants to achieve growth beyond their expectations. She has worked on over 50 international projects with leading organizations across for-profit, non-profit and governmental sectors such as US Department of State, USAID, Project C.U.R.E., Newmont Mining, Kinross Gold, BoldLeaders, State Civic Design Team, Raising Malawi, Mountain 2 Mountain, Edge of Seven, Valor Bridge and more.

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