PCL: Post-Crisis Leadership
Do you like surprises? Children sure do. At the earliest of ages children learn the wonder brought on by the word surprise. Maybe it’s a party, or ice cream, or Grandma and Grandpa are coming over and they always bring presents.
As childhood moves to adolescence there is a little less celebration to the surprises that come. Remember surprise quizzes? Nothing to celebrate there. Add that to puberty and peer pressure and the negatives of surprises certainly outweigh the positive.
Adulthood has its own view of surprises and they are mostly challenging. The voice that yells surprise is often followed by a phrase that causes more pain and uncertainty than anything else we have heard:
“Surprise, you aren’t cutting it, you’re fired.”
“Surprise, I don’t love you anymore.”
“Surprise, you have cancer.”
On a personal level surprises, or unwanted change, are often disrupting to the trajectory of our lives. At best they are inconvenient, at worst they become some of the most painful experiences of our lives. In-between stopping in our tracks and excruciating pain, lies uncertainty, fear and feelings of utter aloneness. Surprise!
At a more professional level, those of us in spiritual leadership roles find surprises to be the door that swings open to crisis. Maybe it is the pandemic of 2020 or the on-going crisis of injustice in our world. It might be the financial ramifications of something completely out of our control or the relational betrayal of those that we thought were on our team. Surprise!
The coronavirus, COVID-19, introduced to us all in 2020 has been another one of those “surprises” we could all have done without.
Crisis has consequences.
Not just the obvious, but many, many more deeply-seated consequences.
In our online series PCL – Post Crisis Leadership, we go into detail on each of the consequences (we name seven of them), and explore the Six Moves to lead through and beyond the crisis.
Prolonged uncertainty – one thing we see is that it takes a huge toll. On everyone.
Take a look at the site and let me know if you have any questions – just email me (USE THE LINK ON THIS PAGE) if you have any questions.