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THE YEAR OF THE CRISIS “Remote Leadershift”

The year 2020 has been a lot of things.


It’s a Leap Year in the Gregorian Calendar.


It’s the Year of the Rat in the Chinese Calendar.


It’s the only year you’ll probably live through where the first two digits of the year match the last two digits (unless you are born this year and live until you are 101. Here’s hoping!)


For most, 2020 has been the Year of the Crisis.


Just a few examples:

  • The worst pandemic in 100 years has infected tens of millions of people and killed hundreds of thousands worldwide.

  • Healthcare workers are being tested like never before with droves of sick straining systems to the breaking point.

  • The worldwide economy has been brought to its knees with unemployment at its highest mark since The Great Depression of the 1930s.

  • The worst wildfires on record rage across North America while the strongest hurricanes on record pound seaboards and gulf coasts.

  • Children are learning from home or entering schools with trepidation as the pandemic rages with no cure yet available.

  • Teachers and school staff, afraid for their health, are reluctant to return to the classroom.

  • Entire seasons of amateur and professional sports are being canceled.

So much of everyday life is in crisis in 2020 it is hard to know where to begin, so let’s start with the word itself:

crisis

noun


cri·sis | \ ˈkrī-səs \

plural crises\ ˈkrī-ˌsēz


1a: the turning point for better or worse in an acute disease or fever