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Roundtable Recap: Leading in the Moment


On July 8, REX Roundtables and Club Solutions Magazine presented the 14th installment of a weekly virtual roundtable series aimed at helping clubs navigate through the COVID-19 crisis, sponsored by Upper Hand

Panelists included Karen M. Raisch-Siegel, the executive director of LifeWorks of Southwest General; Jim Czupil, the owner of Linglestown Family Fitness and senior facilitator for Battlefield Leadership; Bill McBride, the co-founder, president and CEO of Active Wellness; and Blair McHaney, the CEO of MXM and owner of WORX health clubs. The discussion was led and moderated by Brent Darden, the founder of Brent Darden Consulting and chair of REX Roundtables.

Following is a summary of top takeaways from the discussion, centered around leading in the moment. 


  • The panel agreed leadership is super challenging right now. Most leaders are going through the same struggles as employees, including facing financial struggles and anxiety, but can’t show it. 
  • As leaders, it’s important to be a dealer in hope and offer stability, positivity and display confidence. 
  • Understand your own strengths and weaknesses as a leader. This may mean taking a step back when necessary. 
  • As a leader you should be garnering affection — because when a crisis happens, people will have your back. 
  • In times of crisis, get back in touch with why you do what you do. Keep that at the forefront. Remember the “why.” 
  • “Your network equals your net worth,” said Czupil. You can’t handle a crisis by yourself. It’s important to be connected. As a result, consider joining a networking group or leaning on people you trust.
  • As a leader, be transparent and visible. You can’t hide. 
  • Emotional intelligence is an aspect of leadership that’s never been more important. 
  • You have to have a sense of grit — it’s a key factor in those who will come out of this on the other side. 
  • Take it one day at a time. What are today’s challenges? Also, remember it’s OK to close your door. 
  • The panel discusses the importance of daily and weekly reflection. How do you perform today? How did you perform this week? Meet with your team frequently to review. 
  • Be nimble. What’s happening today could change tomorrow. 

To access the on-demand version of this webinar, click here

UPCOMING: Don’t miss the 15th installment of our virtual roundtable series, “Successful Strategies for Shaping Your Future: Active Lifestyles & The Changing Marketplace” on July 15 at 2 p.m. EST. Limited seats are available. Click here to reserve your spot.

Rachel Zabonick-Chonko

Rachel Zabonick-Chonko is the editor-in-chief of Club Solutions Magazine. She can be reached at rachel@peakemedia.com.

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