These days we are facing a catharsis in the world at many levels, amongst them individual, organizational, country. A couple of months ago when we were already starting to talk about the return to an economic slowdown, I had a conversation with Bibi Schreuder (systemic coach) in which we talked about the fact that that the crisis in 2008 had not been enough to break the structures that do not allow change come through. And while we’ve been waiting for a 20th century style crisis, we have met the first 21st century one, the first of many. The fact that this first is a pandemic crisis, makes it stronger and more impactful.
On one hand, it makes it emotionally hard for us as we are seeing our loved ones suffer and die, the generation who has brought us up to who we are today, the one who built our current world. In this context, I would like to invite you all to think if you were aware of this and if you have shown your gratefulness during these last years… Before COVID19 brought us back to reality. Do we have to “thank” Covid19 for making us aware that we had parents, uncles or grandparents? On the other hand, we are managing (or surviving? Depending on what approach we choose) the first global disruptive crisis. Since 2000, words like disruption, VUCA, uncertainty, resilience… have been in our conversations. I once heard someone saying that there is a huge difference between knowing that wine can make you drunk and getting drunk with wine. Certainly, before COVID19, we knew wine could get us drunk: we talked about those concepts without realising what they really implied. At the end of the day, we do not think exponentially. Today COVID19, has left us all out of the game: governments, organizations and individuals.
We are managing an unprecedented crisis that requires humility to accept that we are overcome, in-depth listening to what is happening, commitment and collaboration from everyone at all levels (companies, political parties, individuals and others). We are indeed facing change of era. The way in which we behave during this crisis will define who we will be afterwards. Therefore, listening and behaving purposefully ly is key.