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Leading beyond the blizzard: Why every organization is now a startup

Here’s a critical insight for leaders from the world of epidemiology: “Unless you act when it feels too early, it’s actually too late.”

Author and former Editor of Christianity Today, Andy Crouch, says the changes that were needed when the new coronavirus first hit were massive and needed to happen in a short amount of time. If they didn’t respond quickly, the consequences could have been devastating.

In moments like this, he says, leaders have a dual role. They need to make concrete decisions, but they also need to be sure that the way they make those decisions fits with the culture they want to create in their organizations.

“The way we do things when we do things urgently makes a difference for the people we’re leading,” Crouch says. The Christian posture is to be intensely focused on the love of our neighbor and orienting everything we do in that direction.” That should be a guiding factor for our “how.”

Crouch shares the prescient view of well-known epidemiologist, Michael Osterholm: The novel coronavirus is not just something for leaders to “get through” for a few days or weeks. Instead, we need to treat COVID-19 as an economic and cultural blizzard, winter, and beginning of a “little ice age” – a once-in-a-lifetime change that is likely to affect our lives and organizations for years.

Listen for more fascinating insights into the impact of COVID-19 on the future of business leaders.

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