Crises usually reveal how sustainable motivation, cohesion, flexibility, customer orientation, creativity, etc. are or are not present in a culture. A crisis also reveals the need for change, which is often ignored in good times. “The good has always been the enemy of the better,” Voltaire already knew in the 18th century. Now, however, all entrepreneurs, decision-makers and responsible persons in the organizations have been shaken up.
Values sound like permanence, transformation sounds like change. We always live between continuity and change, we preserve and change. That has always been the case. What is different today? The world is becoming ever more complex and interconnected, technical developments more rapid as a result, and thus the overall pace of change is breathtaking. How are we as leaders supposed to “stay the course”? Let’s take a look at the patterns behind the changes and the constants to watch out for.