57: How to Use the OODA Loop in a Difficult Situation

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Did you know there are tools you can use to help you navigate a difficult situation or conflict?

I love that we can pull tools from different industries and revise or adjust them to for our needs. Let’s look at a technique used by the military called the OODA Loop. While it’s particularly useful for those who are in high stress, high stakes environments to prepare and succeed, it’s format can be applied by anyone in any situation, especially when you personalize it for yourself, and your situation.

It’s the cycle of observe-orient-decide-act.

While the military uses this technique for combat situations, you can use it for difficult ones. Taking a step back or having a birds-eye view of a scenario helps us improve and better prepare for next time. Reflection and preparation are how we create deeper understandings of a situation or our peers.

In this episode, we go into each stage of the cycle, and how you can use this tool both proactively and preemptively.

What you’ll hear in this podcast:

  • How to use the OODA Loop
    Why it’s important to review
  • The value of reflection
  • Prepare yourself for success
  • Asking powerful questions
  • How to gain a deeper understanding
  • Widening your perspective
  • Checking the facts
  • Choosing your words

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