Do You React or Respond?

On June 28th, 2011, posted in: BIZ-TIP by 1 Comment

Reactions are usually immediate, come from instinct, are impulsive and emotional. Responses, on the other hand, are more measured and thoughtful, and therefore they tend to be delayed in time. Both reactions and responses that a place in our lives:

  • When you land a big new client or your child hits a home run, “Yahoo!” is an appropriate response.
  • When you’re faced with a serious challenge like poor cash flow, you need to react by evaluating the situation and considering various options.
  • If you respond when you should react, you can create serious complications, strain important relationships, and cause long-term problems.

Make sure that when you react or respond it’s appropriate to the situation and you’ll be on the road to success. Let me know if there are some challenges you’re facing that we might be able to help with.

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One Response to Do You React or Respond?
  1. Carolyn,

    I always like what you have to say in your newsletters. In the above examples, I think you may have accidentally switched reaction and response; the first example being a reaction (as per your definition) and the 2nd example one where a response is required. The same is true in your third bullet. I think you meant to switch the words react and respond. Reread with my suggestions and see what you think. Best, Val


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