Leadership Narcosis™ - Symptoms and Solutions
By Nick Horney, Ph.D
Retired Captain, Navy Special Operations
As a Special Operations Officer in the Navy, it was critical to anticipate change through constant monitoring of conditions impacting the team as well as each individual. It was not all that uncommon for a diver to experience nitrogen narcosis, a reversible alteration in consciousness producing a state similar to alcohol intoxication when diving at depth. Due to its perception-altering effects, the onset of nitrogen narcosis may be hard to recognize, its severity is unpredictable, and in scuba diving, the resulting illogical behavior can be fatal. Dangerous characteristics of nitrogen narcosis include the loss of decision-making ability, loss of focus, or impaired judgment. However, the cure for nitrogen narcosis is a simple one, as effects disappear within minutes upon ascending to shallower depths.
At Agility Consulting, we have adopted a US Army term, VUCA, used to describe the current and future marketplace (e.g., Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous). The fact is that the world around us is accelerating at an alarming pace. Without a disciplined and focused effort by leaders to monitor the business environment, it is possible for leaders to start showing signs and symptoms resembling nitrogen narcosis that we refer to as Leadership Narcosis™. What can be done to help these leaders and others exhibiting signs of Leadership Narcosis™? >> READ MORE