Issue 174 — August 2, 2021

A colleague once gave me a poster bearing the caption, “When you’re up to your ass in alligators, it’s hard to remember your goal was to drain the swamp.”

That’s always good for a chuckle of recognition, because, I mean really, is there any one of us who hasn’t been there? In a time of chaos, whether it’s economic, or social, or within your organization, when many people are desperately trying to keep those writhing reptiles from nipping their knees, it’s hard to keep your eyes on the prize, your focus on the vision, your hands steady at the wheel. Goodness knows the pandemic has thrown all of us into various kinds of chaos in our personal and professional lives.

A counterintuitive skill that can help anyone thrive in times of change and disruption is to embrace the chaos as opportunity.

Carpe the chaos is my power tool number five of the nine I created, and that I teach about. These power tools are designed to help women succeed in life and at work.

When you’ve been in a chaotic situation, in work or in your personal life, what did you do? Did you retreat or did you step forward and own it? Are you rethinking or retooling your career?

Did you rewrite the rules and set new parameters? What did you learn that might help others in that process?

I’m going to tell you there are no magic answers to keeping true to your goal when the alligators are nipping at your feet, but there are five tips to help you keep your head above water and the alligators at bay that I will be sharing in my Carpe the Chaos Masterclass on Wednesday, August 4th at 4pm ET.

You’ll learn five effective ways to turn chaos into positives for your life and leadership.

And we will have exercises and live Q and A to help you on your journey.

Here is the link to the FREE masterclass event:

GLORIA FELDT is the Cofounder and President of Take The Lead, a motivational speaker and expert women’s leadership developer for companies that want to build gender balance, and a bestselling author of four books, most recently No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power. Former President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, she teaches “Women, Power, and Leadership” at Arizona State University and is a frequent media commentator. Learn more at and Tweet Gloria Feldt.

Gloria Feldt is a New York Times bestselling author and co-founder and president of Take The Lead, a nonprofit women’s leadership organization.