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Crises are inevitable turning points and one of our core values, humanity, is currently approaching such a decisive moment in front of all our eyes. Once again, we are inactive witnesses to an incomprehensible scenario, which everyone knew to be the only realistic one to come, and yet, many with a child-like naiveté still try to rationalize. An act that, with a mix of incompetent perplexity and bewildered paralysis over how decades of effort are nihilated within weeks, turns into a farce.

The images from Afghanistan are making headlines globally. Twenty years after their removal by a US-led military operation…

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We spent most of 2020 trying to stop Covid-19 from spreading or dealing with its consequences and restrictions. And I have a message I know won’t be easy to digest: this crisis is not going anywhere soon, and not by itself. But though not always obvious, we can influence and contribute when it is over, and to some extent, we are all crisis managers of different scopes.

While last year was a rollercoaster for most, the past weeks seem to have left many people particularly frustrated and mentally drained. But why have we seemingly reached the end of our patience…

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About 4 months ago, in the midst of a global pandemic and trying to reinvent my business, I did it. After having successfully stayed away from one of the most influential and popular platforms globally — already before the current US-president caused another spike of people signing up through his excessive use — I finally joined Twitter.

At 40, I am one of those people who lived almost half their lives without social media or “the internet”, so a platform like Twitter, and other social networks in general, still bear a deep-rooted discomfort for me. …

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What happened to just a normal chat?

Not so long ago I came across a post on LinkedIn promoting that during this pandemic year, we have to look out for each other and that it should become standard to open conversations with “How can I help?”, “What can I do to help?” or a similar formulation.

Those who know me also know there are subjects I am passionate about and then there are some I am extremely passionate about. Identifying and eliminating assumptions, changing perspectives, and reducing the number of questions we ask fall in the latter category.

While I fully agree that we have to support…

My unexpected participation in an Aboriginal ritual in Australia — Part 2 of 3

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About a week had passed since I first stepped foot on the small island an hour north of Darwin, Australia. We, 30–40 white Australians and me, had been challenged to our limits by following the only rule presented to us: Do not ask questions. Observe. Listen. Learn.

Magic had happened for us all by actually realising that this rule allowed us to not be dependent on others’ explanations. It also presented us with an opportunity to find out what we were thinking about various subjects, topics…

My unexpected participation in an Aboriginal ritual in Australia — Part 1 of 3

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I was sitting on the sofa in my pyjamas, when my girlfriend came home. Well, what’s so unusual about that you might ask? But I think you will drop the question when I tell you it was 6pm and I had been sitting there since she left for work that same morning. This was just after I had completed my two year assignment as a humanitarian worker in Afghanistan and I was in-between jobs. …

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When I said “no” to my son for the first time he gave me a look I will never forget. He met an artificial limit for the first time in his life and it stunned, hurt and angered him. I was sure I was going to be the father that does not have to say no all the time because I work with communication psychology, learning methodology and creativity. And there I was breaking that promise to myself, and so soon.

Clearly something changed that moment when he looked at me with a mix of disbelief, lack of comprehension, and…

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The summer in Norway is in its second half and many people who decided to spend their holidays abroad have returned to the country taking back with them an open debate with regards to testing for Covid-19. These tests are not obligatory, however they are highly recommended. There is a clear fear that people will not get tested voluntarily because of a certain stigma for having chosen to spend their holidays abroad despite the potential exposure to an infection. The government and health professionals appeal strongly to people’s conscience and I hear from many sides the words “common sense”. …

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“A lot of fear was created, but nobody was ready to withdraw from the fear.” Peter Schröcksnadel — President, Austrian Skiing Association, June 2020

Is the crisis about to actually be over?

The sad truth is we might never really know because the likelihood of a key stakeholder to say these exact words is very slim. Crises are increasingly being proclaimed with great speed. This is for different reasons ranging from political strategy and urgency to acknowledgement and a lack of alternatives to name a few. However, their end is hardly ever clearly and officially announced.

So when do we…

Thomas Lahnthaler

Experienced international crisis leader, mediator, mentor, facilitator and speaker. Psychology geek and a little sarcastic at times.

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