A vulnerable time for humanity

In just a few months Coronavirus has made the whole of humanity feel acutely vulnerable.  Most of the time, when we feel vulnerable, we recoil.  Vulnerability is not an emotion most of us enjoy.

With tens of thousands of people at risk, this is a crisis.

Appropriately the word crisis derives from the Greek for decision.

Any crisis gets precisely as deep as it needs to get for us to learn the lessons it has to teach us.  This is true for us individually and it is also true for us as a species.

What are the lessons that Coronavirus has for us?

Is it possible that one of the lessons is to remind us that we are stronger when we are interdependent, when we collaborate, when we are inclusive, when we don’t blame, when we don’t “other”, when we treat all humans as brothers and sisters and all life as friends?

Is it possible that one of the lessons is that life is not all about competing with each other for money and status.  That scarcity is a just a mindset for many of us.  That there are more important things in life than the pursuit of an artificially scarce human invention?

Is it possible that one of the lessons is to pay attention to others and our surroundings to listen with open and loving ears and to see without prejudice or bias.  To avoid being seduced by the bliss of permanent distraction and psychological self medication and be OK with what is real, no matter how inconvenient?

Is it possible that our purpose here on earth is to be kind to each other, to support each other to learn and be the very best version of ourselves that we can be in every moment, no matter how challenging or stressful and to support and enable that journey in others?

The decision here is whether we choose to learn all of these lessons, not just intellectually in our heads, but somatically in our bodies, so that they become life long habits.

Learning these lessons and doing these things won’t make any crisis go away immediately, but it will shorten the duration, lessen the depth and reduce the likelihood of further crises.

The challenge for each of us is that changing our mindset, changing our behaviour, changing our habits requires leadership of us.    Leadership requires us to do something we may not have done before, something where we don’t know the outcome and something that might expose us to comment or ridicule.  Leadership, even self leadership often makes us feel vulnerable.

But this time, instead of recoiling, we must lean in.  Lean in to interdependence.  Lean in to a mindset of abundance, lean in to truth and honesty and work out how to be good with them even when it is difficult.

At Holos we seek to practice these lessons as much as we possibly can.  With each other, with our colleagues and with our clients.  Our vision is universal authentic leadership as a way to help the world move to a more caring and sustainable way of being.

We have moved all of our work to virtual delivery so that we can continue supporting our clients within the restrictions we must observe for the benefit of all.  We would love to hear from anyone who would like to collaborate with us in this purpose.

Holos helps make change easy. We help organisations develop their leaders, map out and deliver the changes required to achieve sustained success even in a highly disrupted environment.

At Holos we have been studying change leadership and leadership training in the crucible of reality for years. We know what great leadership looks like and we know the journey to achieve it. We have developed a suite of diagnostic tools to understand where companies and teams are on this journey and how to take them from there to sustained success.
Holos has a wealth of specialist leadership and culture coaches and consultants with decades of experience working with a huge variety of leaders. Holos can help you or your organisation to upgrade it’s leadership to flourish even in a challenging business environment.

Please share your ideas, comment and discuss here – click on the blog title and scroll to the bottom to find the comment box.

We would love your feedback on our new website at –  www.holoschange.com,


Neil Crofts
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About Neil Crofts

Writer, coach and consultant on authentic business and authentic leadership. Neil has inspired and motivated hundreds organisations and thousands of individuals to their highest potential. Neil has written three published books and numerous e-books. Neil is a coach, facilitator and consultant helping people and businesses find their authentic purpose and use it to inspire and motivate them to be everything that they can be. Neil has raced cars, been self-employed, run a company and sold it, been employed by large companies, experienced growth and contraction at the heart of the dotcom boom, tried changing companies from the inside and from the outside as European Head of Strategy at internet consultancy/rock band Razorfish. Neil has been independent for over 10 years and delivered his Authentic Leadership message to a diverse range of business audiences including people at BP, Shell, Microsoft, Kraft Foods, MSN, Jamie Oliver, South Gloucestershire Council, National Blood Transfusion Service, KaosPilots Business School, Fashion company By Malene Birger, German technology company Eleven.
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4 Responses to A vulnerable time for humanity

  1. Kate Howard says:

    Hi there Neil and Mark and everyone,
    I would like to say a big thank you to Holos for equipping me to ride the waves of change which are hitting us all right now. I had an awful day yesterday with event after event cancelling. Completely understandable but meant I then had to give the bad news to freelance performers. On the plus side, I predict that ‘after the event’ people will study the great creative explosion in remote contact which took place during the outbreak. Creatives are rushing to find new ways to connect with their audiences at a distance. Thanks partly to Holos mentoring and inspiration, I was on the cusp of a whole raft of exciting new live projects just as this thing hit. Now, I am inspired to find the ways to creatively connect in other ways. There is a danger artists will just respond in order to be first in the bid to be noticed. I will be guided to an authentic response with vulnerability, knowing that is the only way to truly connect. X

  2. Good piece. And I am proud of my organisation, National Trust. First thing we did was cover up all our car parking payment machines and open up all our outdoor sites, parks and gardens so people can come for free, to breath the fresh air and take in the beauty of nature at this funny old time.

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