Author: Dario Knez, MBA
‘A changing moment’ hints that crisis is a gateway for change. It is a time when we are impelled to embrace new circumstances that can potentially change our life for the better.
J.F. Kennedy on Crisis
By definition, crisis means danger and insecurity that unsettles us in all spheres of existence. From private life and work to the national and global environment, crisis creeps in by imposing disempowering and destructive emotions. Perplexity about the future coupled with the natural resistance towards unwanted change may well be the greatest issues we then face. John F. Kennedy unknowingly defined the term ‘crisis’ by pointing out that the Chinese use two brush strokes to define weiji (crisis).
Shorter social interactions can become clearer and more focused. Efficient communications in a company will very likely result in higher employee engagement and stronger identification with the organizational mission. Organizational psychology agrees that there is a direct correlation between good communication and overall success of the company.
Since during crisis the mission and values that drive individuals and organizations are challenged, rethinking and evaluation are set in motion. When one aligns outer actions with the inner sense of purpose, then we allow a deeper creative impulse and authenticity (purpose) to flow through our organisational impact (work).
The list will not stop here. It is vital to be aware that during the bothersome time of adversities could ultimately lead to some hidden benefits and improve the overall quality of our lives. Without idolizing burdensome experiences, let us try to draw out of them what is most meaningful and beneficial individually and collectively.
The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Alfred Ford School of Management.