A colleague sent me this quote:
The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.”
— James Allen,
British philosophical writer
Tranquility describes a calm nature. I value it in others especially during tense times. I try to model it as well.
If I remain calm, I’m less likely to say things or do things I will regret later.
If I remain calm, I think better. I consider a broader range of alternatives. I anticipate consequences better.
If I remain calm, I find relief faster. Whatever has caused my tension has happened. Regretting, chastising, criticizing, cussing, busting stuff up is all wasted energy. If I remain calm, I can move ahead.
If I remain calm, my teammates will follow my lead. They will join me as we make a plan to move ahead.
Calm is contagious. It inspires trust and confidence.
There are times for impassioned reactions. They have their places. But, calm has a power all its own.
PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace
Since 2005, he has been sharing his thoughts on the organization, leadership, and communication in an online daily note to teammates called Daily with HQ.