In a time of crisis, one thing our employees need most is for us to lead.

What we learn from leaders is that in a time of crisis, decision-making can be the hardest part of being a leader.

The OODA Loop was created by a military strategist named John Boyd, who also happened to be one of the greatest fighter pilots of all time.

Here is what Boyd lays out for leaders to be able to problem-solve while under pressure, make decisions in times of uncertainty, and give their people confidence in the future.

  • Observe your circumstances.
  • Orient yourself to what is going on and stay calm.
  • Decide what you are going to do about it and have confidence in your instincts.
  • Act on your decisions.

The reason Boyd classified these four things as a loop is simple.

As a leader you must work in the cycle to evaluate each step of the way.

Take the time to observe the result of your action and ask yourself if it worked, how well it worked, or if perhaps you could have done it better.

Orient yourself with that and decide what your next plan of action is going to be.

When you get to the “A” in OODA, act, and then begin again.

As a multi-unit franchisee or franchisor executive, you have been doing this for years without knowing it.

We have been through worse, we will go through worse, and with it all, remember, we’ve got this!

Click the following link to read Kendall Rawls’s post on the Multi Unit Franchising’s website titled:  How the OODA Loop Can Help You Lead In Times of Crisis

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