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Melanie Guing Ryan MBA is a workplace mediator, trainer and facilitator for over 20 years

Mel's Blog from Brexit Breakfast Meeting held Friday 22nd March 2019 in  Seven Oaks Hotel Carlow

Senator Jennifer Murnane O'Connor, invited me to speak at her Brexit Breakfast Meeting on Friday 22nd March 2019. The event was aimed at assisting the business community in Carlow and advising them on the supports available in these very challenging times.  

This brief outline might be of interested to those who attended, as a follow up, and those who could not make it.

I will start at the conclusion I came to, as to the constructive approach, business people would be advised to take during these very frustrating times 

1.    Listen to Factual Information - Filter Out The Rubbish

2.    Identify The Pertinent Issues

3.    List The Key Risks

4.    List The Opportunities - Such As Your Market, Your Suppliers, Your Customers.

5.    Take Composed Pragmatic Steps

Self-awareness is recognised as the most important capability for business people today. This requires the average business person to go a bit deeper into their thought process and emotions that drive their decision making. Fear, for instance is one of the prime emotions of all human beings.

Fear though, is a very complex emotion, if you think about it - is it fear of failure ? fear of change ? or fear of success ? that can undermine us.  

In Jan 2019 - The Central Bank First Quarterly Report Of The Year stated that

"No country has ever disengaged from a deep political and economic relationship in the way the UK is leaving the EU -itself an unprecedented entity"

The word unprecedented means "never having happened or existed in the past" subconsciously provoking a possible fear emotion, but if you really think about it we are living in times of unprecedented change and uncertainty.  It is the most significant modern day disruption in our centuries old relationship with our nearest neighbour and trading partner.

Part of this connected relationship goes back to our conditioning and programming from birth and as we mature. We form part of our identity through our society and culture, giving us a sense of belonging.

Our intertwined histories with the UK forms part of our identity and belonging. We share common language, proximity, media etc all of these factors have facilitated a mixture of interwoven ideas and similarities in culture, consumer taste and world view. What the UK are attempting to do, threatens our security and safety, resulting in the primary emotion of fear.

We are all becoming aware of the challenges, but let us not forget change presents opportunities too. The most important factor for business success at this time will be resilience. The domains of resilience include the ability to keep your composure, creativity, practical reasoning, ability to collaborate and persistence.

In the 1960's aA Psychologist called Stephen Karpman defined what has become known as the Drama Triangle. People in the drama triangle play scripted roles that create drama.       

But when you are in the drama triangle, you only move around into different roles, nothing gets solved and no one takes responsibility. It is a futile drama that steals time and creativity from you.

Individuals, couples, families, businesses and even governments get caught up in this drama triangle.

My golden rule is to stand outside this triangle and do not get caught up in the drama, it is just noise and you have to learn to block out the noise. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you handle it.

So as I stated at the beginning, all of us in business  would be advised to:

1.    Listen to Factual Information - Filter Out The Rubbish

2.    Identify The Pertinent Issues

3.    List The Key Risks

4.    List The Opportunities - Such As Your Market, Your Suppliers, Your Customers.

5.    Take Composed Pragmatic Steps

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