We are now facing the biggest crisis of our generation. The decisions made by leaders and governments in the coming months will reshape our world completely. They will reshape, not just our healthcare systems, but also our economy, politics, culture and our children’s future world. The effects of the coronavirus pandemic and the change it will embed in our physiological, social, and political landscape will propagate across generations.
This is a time of change. It presents an opportunity to change and to be part of the change that will occur.
For decades, our lives looked much like our parents’ lives. We expected our children’s lives to look much like ours. The world we shaped looked like the world we inherited. For the past half-century, our children could expect to become tomorrow’s adults in a world where life experiences were taken for granted: school until you’re 18 (or 21,) a job, a house, a family, pension and safe holidays were all part of their future.
For the first time, children can now expect to grow poorer than the generation that proceeded them.
Many of the outcomes are being determined by the (fast) decisions made by our leaders and the behavioural changes implemented by us. Decisions, that in normal times would take years of deliberation, are now passed in a matter of hours. But these aren’t normal times. The capacity of the next generation of leaders to manage our changing worlds is dependant on more than us surviving this phase – it is totally and utterly dependant on us thriving through this phase by developing all current resources and capability available. Yes, this storm will pass, and we will survive, BUT – and this is the big but – we will inhabit a different world.
Many of the short-term emergency measures currently being adopted will become a permanent fixture in our lives from now on.
Crisis has a way of revealing, course-correcting and recalibrating life. That is the nature of emergencies. They fast-forward historical processes.
This is the time which will be remembered for women assuming leadership, black lives matter, climate crises tackled, digital turbo boosted, power of mindsets adopted, and personal and organisational health mastered.
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About Dr Maurice Duffy
Irish. Author, Professor, Coach and Business strategist. The person Australian Captain Steve Smith credited with helping him back from his cricket ban. Coach to two Ashes wins. Coach to CEOs, Politicians and some of the best know international sports starts including Olympians. BBC ‘Thought for the Week’. Coached business leaders and organizations in 80 countries. Works with charities to do with Mental Health. Lives in North East England with his wife and 11-year-old son.