21 april 2020 – by Ingrid van Zutphen, Managing Consultant Development
‘You can’t change the wind, but you can adjust the sails.’ Whether you agree with the decisions of the Dutch government or not, they show incredible flexibility and adaptability during this crisis. The Dutch government follows a clear direction (‘flatten the curve’) and adjusts the sails continuously: the minister of Medical Care resigns and within a day there is a solution. Intensive Care capacity falls short, within a week the capacity had doubled. With 50% of the information, they take 100% of the decisions. Crises demand flexibility and adaptability from everyone. And as a leader you set the example. You are the captain of the ship. You dertermine the direction and adjust the sails. That’s your job.