Unreasonable Requests, George Bernard Shaw, and Crisis Management

George says all progress is based on the ability to make unreasonable requests of others.

In the context of business, that means making big requests of people before the crisis hits, before the circumstances tell you what your next move is every minute of the day.

That means foresight, planning, and steering. That’s good leadership.

It also means the kind of leadership that creates urgency for the game of it. Planned urgency requires more thinking. Responding to a crisis requires a lot of energy and adrenaline.

How to get this started?

Take a few minutes and start looking at the goals for this week by each individual. Ask for what you really want; ask for what the business really needs. The sooner you ask, the easier it is to make a game out of it for everyone.