Building resilience and developing a post-crisis strategy to seize emerging opportunities for a successful future
The number of COVID-19 patients in Belgian hospitals is going down, shops and restaurants have reopened, and employees are gradually returning to the workplace. The coronavirus crisis seems under control and many businesses are trying to overcome the economic shock of the pandemic. Building resilience over the next months is key. It’s equally important to create a strategy that looks beyond the crisis and positions your company to win in the new normal that is gradually taking shape.
Though the peak of COVID-19 infections in Belgium is probably behind us, the pandemic will continue to impact world economies and supply chains. The economic outlook is uncertain. Most businesses have reopened, but many are still operating below capacity. Companies will struggle to recover from the losses caused by the lockdown. Undoubtedly, we will see more bankruptcies in the months to come. A lot of companies will also announce disappointing quarterly results, causing more turmoil on the stock market.
What makes this crisis so unique is that the impact varies across sectors and even within industries, increasing the level of economic turbulence and unpredictability. For businesses the first shock may be over, but the actual economic crisis is only beginning.
Most companies are now focussing on the next twelve to eighteen months to deal with the uncertain economic environment, but business leaders aren’t always thinking about the strategic direction for what comes after. It’s important to make a distinction between:
- Building a resilient enterprise to navigate through the upcoming crisis.
- Taking a long-term perspective and getting ready for the fundamental changes that lie ahead by reframing and transforming your organisation.
Companies need to focus on both. And although there may be some overlaps between these two focus areas, each requires a different and very specific approach.