Leadership In Times of Crisis – Vol. 8

4 June 2020

As we all attempt to cope with ongoing health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the resulting economic regression and the mental health effects of social isolation; this week has seen widespread protests in response to ongoing violence and discrimination against the black community. These protests have brought to the forefront (once again) the fact that the coronavirus is not the only pandemic we are currently facing; the pandemic of racism is rampant and pervasive and we all have a part to play in combating it. This week I have compiled some resources to help us all navigate the challenges of both pandemics and hope you find them useful in leading through these difficult times.

All the best,



What’s the next step? As we attempt to establish a ‘new normal’ in response to the COVID-19 crisis, do you and your organization have a plan? Having been in the change and transformation business for 20+ years, I can assure you that now is a time for bold decisions, not passivity. Easier said than done, right? To help, I am currently developing an extensive online course entitled “Navigating the Crisis – and Beyond!” I will be sharing more information over the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye on your inbox and social media.

Combating Racism in our Organizations

On an individual level, we all must acknowledge our own privileges and inherent prejudices and take meaningful action to combat systemic racism. However, businesses and organizations also have an obligation to take substantial and purposeful action to combat discrimination. This week Laura Morgan Roberts and Ella F. Washington at Harvard Business Review discuss missteps to avoid and meaningful action that can be taken by leaders to fight racism.

The Power of Adaptability

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a radical disruption to the global order; and while the response has been far from perfect, author Malcolm Gladwell has seen humanity’s impressive ability to work collectively to quickly adapt to entirely new social norms. Understanding the broader social impact will educate us on how to implement organizational adaptability.

Big Ideas

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented action. We are living in a time that would have been incomprehensible six months ago; as such, we are exploring some huge new ideas to navigate these times. This week, NPR’s Planet Money podcast explores three big ideas to assist in the global recovery from this crisis. Hopefully this will inspire you to make big decisions of your own.

The New Organization

The decisions that are being made now are already beginning to determine what our future will look like. McKinsey & Company is exploring what the post-coronavirus organization will look like. Many organizations are energized from acting with purpose, limiting bureaucracy and empowering leaders, but will this energy lead to healthier business?

Economic Shock

As the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis is beginning to come into view, economists are attempting to understand the effects. Where past recessions began in the financial system, we are in uncharted territory with a recession caused by a virus. Let Harvard Business Review help you understand the economic shock we are currently experiencing with this video explainer.

Your Moment of Levity

It is easy to feel like we are living in a bleak time: a viral outbreak, centuries of racial injustice coming to a head, not to mention a deteriorating planet due to the impacts of global warming. Yet, there is a piece of timeless advice that can help us in these times: take a step back, allow yourself to see things from a new perspective.

This week’s video allows us to take a particularly large step back and enjoy this footage of earth from above taken aboard the International Space Station, I hope it brings you some calm and perspective in these trying times.

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