Alvin Toffler, American writer and futurist, coined the term "future shock". He was referring to what happens to a society when change happens so fast that it results in social confusion and normal decision-making processes breakdown.
The world is now facing a pandemic. Specifically, it was not predicted or predictable but generically, it was both. The world has been anticipating a pandemic since the last one (Spanish flu in the 1920s).
The coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed the international economy and devastated lives. Disaster planning has been exposed as inadequate in many parts of the world, demanding rapid experimentation and instant improvisation on a massive scale. At the national and international levels, leadership has been patchy. Leaders in some industry sectors such as travel, transportation, hospitality and leisure have struggled to know how to survive.
How can leadership do better in such unpredictable times?
About Henley Business School
Henley is a world-renowned international business school based in the UK. It is one of only 100 business schools in the world to hold triple accredited status. Ranked in the FT top 25 worldwide*, its executive education programmes are designed to enable the practical application of new skills and behaviours. Henley offers both face-to-face and live-online open programmes. Focus areas include leadership, management, coaching & behavioural change, as well as people and organisational change. Qualifications range from undergraduate right up to its world ranked MBA. It has more than 80,000 alumni in over 160 countries.
*FT combined rankings 2020