What Rhymes with Crisis?

Stephen Tang

Too often we think of history as disposable and irrelevant. But Mark Twain knew better: “History never repeats itself, but it does often rhyme.” What he meant is that the more we pay attention to patterns, similarities, and trends from our past experiences, the more equipped we will be to make wise decisions for our future. By looking back before charting a course forward, we can create a brighter tomorrow.

As a CEO traversing three crises—COVID-19, 9/11, and the Great Recession—I’ve personally experienced this concept of “rhyming histories.” Each of these moments were an opportunity to learn and grow in my leadership journey. Too many leaders were unprepared at the outset of each crisis. We must take stock of these experiences and use them to prepare better for future disruptions. 

Join me and creator extraordinaire Allen Plummer today, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET, as we discuss my upcoming book A Test for Our Time: Crisis Leadership in the Next Normal. During our talk, we’ll dive into essential aspects of crisis leadership that can be used in everyday life today. Register here: https://www.my1693.com/events/fy23/career-programs/a-test-for-our-time-crisis-leadership-in-the-next-normal-3.2.2023.

Don’t miss out. Let’s make sure that crisis rhymes with “righteous” and not with “stasis.”

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