307: Covid-19, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and leading through crises

March 16, 2020 by Joshua
in Podcast

People are criticizing politicians and others over handling Covid-19. I don’t blame or criticize people for not knowing how to handle particulars of this situation, but we can respond more effectively.

Some parts of the situation are unique to Covid-19. Some are endemic to crises. We can learn from how people handled past crises effectively and ineffectively.

Today I talk about John Kennedy learning from the Bay of Pigs disaster to lead through the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Important urgent tasks like sourcing ventilators are important, but if we miss learning the important non-urgent things to prepare for the next situation, which likely won’t require ventilators, we’ll find ourselves here again.

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