This is an interesting term that refers to people who are responsible and accountable for outcomes within an organization.
One of my favorite NFL coaches was fired after being on the hot seat for a number of weeks. It seems bizarre that we rarely apply this term to a situation until it is too late.
Everyone is trying to win. Everyone is always in the hot seat. We carry our own responsibility. We are subjected to criticism and must be answerable for our actions and decisions.
Often, we forget that we should be the ones to keep the heat on ourselves. Staying objective and distant is a monster under the bed. It can be terrifying to realize that what we do is within our control.
Turn that heat up and stay focused. If we hold ourselves to the highest standard - it makes it so much easier to block out the white noise and work on what is truly meaningful and productive.