When change is a constant, leading others through it is a necessity
40 Better Hours is a Poynter project dedicated to improving your workweek. This is the third day of the weeklong series.
Change is a constant in journalism and other information industries. That can be a daunting reality, especially when you’re responsible for helping teams make sense of shifting priorities and directives. Rob King, senior vice president of SportsCenter and news at ESPN, has plenty of experience doing just that.
In today’s video, King shares his perspectives and tips on how to successfully lead in times of uncertainty, including an anecdote about his breakthrough shift in mindset about managing change. King is also a member of Poynter's Board of Trustees.
Looking for additional advice on how to lead through change? We've got you covered:
- Butch Ward has the best advice: His take on lessons learned during breaking news is great, but really you can't go wrong with any of his musings on leadership.
- 'Leadership is not an image, it's a quality': Facebook's Fidji Simo penned an insightful post about leadership realizations during a time of distress.
- You can thank us later: If you haven't read Creativity, Inc., do it now. It's a fun read that's full of leadership lessons that apply to any organization.
- Unlock your potential: King went to his first in-person Poynter seminar in 1992, which he credits as helping him to see his own potential as a leader. "I'll never forget that as long as I live," he said. We have two upcoming seminars that could have a similar impact on you: Poynter's Leadership Academy and Essential Skills for New Managers (applications for both close on Friday).
We're halfway through 40 Better Hours week and we'd love to hear your thoughts. How's it going? Which topic(s) have been most helpful? Would you like to see more training like this from us? Share your feedback on Twitter using #40BetterHours, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last but not least, don't forget to join King in a Facebook Q&A at 1 p.m. Eastern. See you then!
40 Better Hours is Poynter's first crowdfunded project. It was made possible by the generous support of Ruth Ann Harnisch and dozens of other supporters.