Last night we hosted our most recent Union Network event in London around the theme of innovation through continuous crisis. The theme was inspired by some work we’ve done recently where various organisations have wanted some help navigating uncertainty for different reasons so we thought it might make an interesting topic.
The talks varied widely from exploring a diverse range of types of crisis, from- environmental, political, financial, to social.
In preparing for last nights event I was particularly excited to learn that the word Crisis in Mandarin means Danger + Opportunity. In fact, the translation is somewhat ambigious and rather than opportunity per se, it actually means “a point where things happen or change”. Either way it seemed apt and inspiring as we were keen to see both the positive and negative sides of the different crisis situations being presented.
“The crisis is the best blessing that can happen to people and countries, because the crisis brings progress.” Albert Einstein
Developing tactics for dealing with a crisis, whether continuous or intermittant, is an increasingly common necessity of all of our lives and workplaces. As all of our speakers showed, it is how we respond to them that really matters and so be wary of the opportunities and seize the opportunities that your next crisis presents.