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What we’re experiencing now is an example of the difficult choices that most organizations encounter at times. In this case, should the authorities open up the economy to get people back to work while risking the spread of the virus—which is overwhelmingly non-fatal, but will cause more deaths—or should they tightly restrict business and society to minimize infection while keeping people unemployed and bankrupting many small businesses and harming even large ones for years ahead?

There is no instruction book, There are no problem solving models. There are only choices with significant adverse consequences.

Under such conditions, great leaders can emerge at all levels. But I fear we’re not exactly overrun with them at this point.

I read once that “history is merely the biographies of great people.” I’m not so sure….

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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