Take the Temperature

Taking the temperature in a situation is about better understanding where the heat is high (conflict, pain, a lot of disequilibrium) or low (where people are bored or checked out). All of these signal the need for leadership.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  • What’s the temperature in the situation? Is it high? Too low?
  • How do you know?
  • Where is there conflict?
  • Where is the pain or urgency?
  • Who’s working hard to maintain the current temperature? What’s that about?
  • How are other people feeling?
  • Who is behaving badly? What problem are they trying to solve by behaving badly?
  • What values are in conflict?
  • How is that conflict showing up
  • Who has a stake in maintaining the status quo?