Crisis is always an Opportunity... To succeed or fail. Proper handling of a Crisis can demonstrate character (for example, in politics) or customer commitment (for example, Tylenol or Toyota). It is less about what Crisis presents than how it is handled.
Yes that's what Chinese people say... But sometime crisis is just crisis...!
Sometimes. Depends on the crisis, our preparation ahead of time (pre-planning & working on those "important and not urgent" actions), and our mindset (to approach crises as opportunities). Great question.
Pleasure to meet you. This is my first post and let's admit it this "Crisis = Opportunity" is on all of our minds both personally and collectively. Each of us have a specific "niche" of concern and yet without some breakthrough in the emergent creative collapsing crisises/breakdowns we fall into moods of distrust, confusion, resentment, resignation and finally despair "there is no sustainable future."
I view any crisis as a "breakdown" that arise in a specific domain of human or business concern as an "interruption" of taken for granted previous ways of seeing or being in the world. Normally explicit with an emotioning of '"Oh Sh*t What IS Happening." This Moment disrupts previous pre'given taken for granted patterns, conditions or cognitive representations (business as normal) and are "broken open in an emerge~n~see cognitive reflective experience."
My experience both in human and business concerns is only through "breakdowns" do we change behaviors. We love traditions, romantic notions, bottom lines and are unconscious of the pre'given representations and assumptions. We are taught not to question or challenge those historic assumptions and they appear like without them we cannot survive. Breakdowns ciase serious reflection upon past romantic notions in culture and what arises is the "opportunity of conscious design" to care for a permanent human/business concern with a new innovative self generative behavioral change. (This is what entrepreneurs do. Steven Job's innovative spirit is in all of us.) The opportunity is to constructively design new agreed to patterns and values with others as a social invention that addresses the crisis, breakdown, and opportunity simultaneously. That notion alone stops the crisis and opens reflection to deeper questioning and investigation into who you are as an "observer." Every invention every created in human history was brought forth by a human observer.
For instance my stance regarding Sandy: After our horrifying hot summer in America and rancher's in America are short on hay, selling off live stock, and Sandy blows into New York and shuts down the "Stock Market!" Sandy is now a global conversation and is now a breakdown that has interrupted our previous collective notions of "large losses" in America. Climate Change that reinsurers and insurers globally have been concerned with for 20 years has now come home to American society. Africa who is suffering in the heat may now possibly become an American concern understanding we are dealing with irreversible consequences now. The planetary emergence of the arctic cap melt may now actually become a reflection of level of sea water rather than grand opportunity for methane gases.
The opportunity of Sandy is both a reflection on taken for granted previous historic cultural patterns and a design opportunity for new behaviors by first off myself (what can I do) and as an appreciative conversation in the domain of business (what can we do? educators, religions, government and private global performance engines) for "collaborative opportunities" in designing new understandings of "Low Volume and HIGH Risk Global Events" that can happen anywhere and effect everyone in a moments notice. The crisis is offering us a reflection to care for "increasing large losses" in a new manner of behaviors, and pattern of communication that first of all invents entrepreneurial processes taking serious caring for the "150 large losses globally" happening every year. This is new exponential phenomena is not going away, it is becoming the "Blue Ocean Marketplace" our children are going to be dealing with for generations. Talk about an entrepreneurial opportunity in the global marketplace, this is the "Blue Ocean Entrepreneurial Opportunity for All of Us."
I assess breakdowns are most of the time very painful emotional experiences because of personal and cultural drift of "business as usual'"denying the reflective potentialities and demanding the crisis/breakdown to be something other than what it actually is in reality. In the case of Sandy it is a serious wake up clarion call to understand that climate change is not a figment of a few people's imagination rather an opportunity to reflect on what we do, when we do, the things we do? It's interesting, we become curious and in this case is going to require "FULL EMPLOYMENT" of everyone. A crisis bringing forth a grand opportunity in designing all the taken for taken for granted roles, patterns and practices of an industrial age. Seen in this light creative innovation is ignited in a notion of "earth charter" where we work together to change the conditional situation.
Thus a crisis/breakdown becomes a grand opportunity to invent, redesign, rewind, reconstruct and re-articulate previous blind spots causing pain points both personally and collectively in a new pattern of unity addressing pre'given cultural assumptions no longer valid in our living together. The new behavioral opportunity is taking responsibility for designing a sustainable future for the children of tomorrow, and that notion itself drives unification of all persons and collective intentions globally to expansive creative knowledge creation caring for the household of our humanity, earth, not as a burden or pain point rather a joyful concern we love and care about in conscious responsibility for a "real change."
Lastly we do whatever we can do in the "niche of our concerns" to create a triadic 3rd party in appreciative inquiry and dialog to craft and sculpt the artistic new future together in a meaningful manner of human dignity for each other and our shared predicament in our conditional situations. And in my assessment that is always enough in human history we breakthrough to a new day together in a new manner of realization in living. And that is always the ultimate opportunity in living life from the very beginning of time, so we have no excuses for justifying the current tragedy of commons consuming human attention in what is dividing us and we have an unbelievable repository of human wisdom continuums uniting us in creating a wonderful tomorrow as a joyful concern.
I am a committed participant in this business conversation just returning to work after a 12 year hiatus and done talking on Linked IN. In my assessment we have't seen crazy yet in terms of Steven Job's distinguished offering. May he RIP and may each of becomes icons of disruptive creative innovations as social entrepreneurs.
Mushin ~ living in passionate awakening creative desires
Thank you for the question.
Anything that upsets the status quo can provide an opportunity. The keys are to assess the size of the opportunity and your likelihood of being able to take advantage of it.
Opportunity is all around us, as is crisis. The problem with crisis is that opportunities are often short lived.
The trick is being agile enough and well known enough that people can reach out to you when crisis occurs and opportunity is highest and not later in the day when the opportunities are less lucrative.
So Crisis = Opportunity? Yes - But you must be quick.
One of the first questions I ask is "What have you tried already?" If they have not tried anything yet then there is probably no business here for me. Why is that? Because the problem had not gotten bad enough...yet!
I get a call once the problem has become a crisis and they have exhausted all of their resources.
The answer is yes...crisis = opportunity.
Q: What's the difference between crisis and opportunity?
A: Whether you see it coming or not, and prepare
There are three kinds of people:
-- Those who make things happen
-- Those who watch things happen
-- Those who say, "What happened?!"