Never Waste a Crisis!
Have you ever wasted a serious crisis? Oh no, that was your magic moment!
Next time you have a crisis, please, celebrate it. Very often, it comes to awaken you.
Do you believe me? You don’t have to; am nothing but a country bumpkin from the hinterlands of Africa. Haha. How about Mr. Rahm Emmanuel and other big names?
Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel once said, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. It is an opportunity to do things you could not do before.”
Each time I see this quote or a similar derivative of it, I am reminded of the Theory of Punctuated Equilibrium. It centers on the dynamics of evolution of species.
It holds the view that evolutionary changes often result from external shocks that cause sudden mutations or smoldering changes that build up momentum to a threshold limit.
When this happens, species are at odds with their surroundings or ecology; and change is inescapable. Change is therefore, the only way to restore stability.
Thus, change becomes a necessary ingredient for survival. Without change, the continuity of the species would be undermined by the bigger ecological forces.
Metaphorically, organisations are like species. During a crisis, they must change under the overbearing of influence of ecological disruption. Failure, which they perish.
Are you going to waste, survive or thrive beyond the next crisis?