Crisis ,normally ,leads to panic and chaos. Feelings of helplessness, confusion, rage are felt. ‘ Why me ? ‘ is the painful question. Adversity is not considered desirable. There are many , who feel exhausted, strained, fatigued during a crisis. Many collapse. It is natural. There is no need to feel guilty, weak about it.
But, not making a sincere attempt to face a crisis, is ideally, not a good option…
Crisis can strike at an individual or a group level. It’s scale will differ , accordingly.
What is vital ,is ‘ how is the crisis handled, managed? ‘
Some tools of crisis management. These are the 5( five) C s ,which , according to me are critical components of a successful approach and attitude for crisis management:
Wastage of resources is an absolute ‘ no no’. Resources are precious. If they are prudently utilised to satisfy wants or ends, they will not be wasted.
For example, if the country is facing a water crisis, water saving and Conservation efforts at an individual or collective level will do wonders.
Ideation encouragement is a beautiful way of generating interest, enthusiasm, efforts. Creativity leads to creation and construction.
Communication channels should be strong. Reaching out to people, sharing plans, ideas, opinions, decisions, listening, welcoming feedback, suggestions, documentation ( not excessive ) are some methods of using communication, with minimum misunderstanding, in a crisis.
A cool head, a calm mind can handle change, crisis in an effective manner. The flow of thoughts will be more constructive.
* Collective effort
Even if crisis is at an individual level, a team effort can be more useful to face a critical situation and resolve it. If a student is not doing well in a particular subject- for example ‘ Geography ‘. The student can discuss this with his parents, teacher. The reasons for not doing well can be analysed. Change in the Ways of garnering knowledge of the subject, direction of efforts to be taken by the student may prove to be useful. For eg., the student can use multiple ways of gathering information. If a student is studying the capitals, currencies of different countries, he can visit the official websites of countries, read books and magazines from the library, watch films of foreign languages, read about the life of the citizens of a particular country. If he gradually, makes learning, reading, writing about the subject, a regular part of his life, very soon, the same ‘Geography’ will not look threatening, boring, dangerous, critical for him! He will fall in love with the subject!!!
Crisis can lead to a creative change and metamorphosis! Face it, Welcome it…..