The Culture of Crisis (Englisch)

There is a shock, but we act. The crisis requires 100% of our energy in different ways. And it creates a cultural shift within only a few weeks with incredible examples of working cultures.

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The Culture of Crisis

There is a shock, but we act. The crisis requires 100% of our energy in different ways. And it creates a cultural shift within only a few weeks with incredible examples of working cultures.


1. We owe our gratitude to everybody working in medical aid. The ethic they are living up to is a role model for the rest of the world. At risk all the time and in many cases not paid well they give everything. The same is true for all those who can not run e.g. the supermarket cashier at home and keep things going for us.



2. I see a values shift happening. Of course we are in the survival mode: There is a lot of fear driven action due to the threat of our health and our economy, but at the same time there are incredible examples of compassion, solidarity, collaboration and even fun (concerts on balconies) that touch me. And we all can sense how much of not fear driven energy is unleashed.



3. People at work and students at schools, colleges and universities are incredibly good in redefining their ways of working, learning and producing. That shows our capacity as humans to reorganize whole systems in a very short span of time.



4. That leads us to leadership because now more then before leadership is needed. It was actually John Sutherland, one of the agility fathers and inventor of SCRUM, who, as a former Air force pilot, once said: Even if you have instruments, tons of data and automation in the airplane you need to make new decisions every moment because the situation you are in changes continually. That’s what real leadership is about.



5. A great example of leadership give schools. Here in Cologne we have incredibly engaged school deans with their teacher teams who very quickly designed home schooling material and guidance for students – and it works. As a matter of fact we are learning a lot about new ways of learning. And hopefully that will push the digital possibilities that are there. And allow a new school culture to emerge with more project work and selforganized learning supported by teachers. This is of global importance, isn’t it?



6. Speaking about globalization. We are living and working in a global culture. In the last weeks we heard statements such as „globalization favours the spreading of Corona“. Well, the outbreak of the pestilence in 1347 didn’t need globalization with a mortality rate of over 50% in some European countries, even if it came from Asia. Global culture will rather help to better understand what has to be done in an aligned way and quickly. It will also help researchers to collaborate in the vaccine development on a hourly basis. It will help us to manage the financial crisis that is about to dominate the whole system. A global culture of collaboration is an achievement.



Nobody knows what will happen, but we can support each other to find out and make the best out of it. That will prepare us for the next crisis.

Author: Andreas Seitz


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