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How to profit from a crisis

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We will never return to our familiar pre-crisis reality.

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Pandemics, wars and other social crises create new attitudes, new needs and new behaviours.

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In recessions and downturns, 86% of companies remain stagnant or fail. Only 14% outperform by investing in new growth areas.

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Imagination - the capacity to create, evolve and exploit mental models of things or situations that don’t yet exist - is the crucial factor in seizing and creating new opportunities and finding new paths of growth.

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Lego produced its first plastic Lego brick in 1947 during a post-war downturn that decimated supplies and turnover. Today the company sells 75 billion Lego bricks each year.

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Apple launched its first iPod in 2001 during a recession that saw a 33% drop in revenue. That single new product sparked an era of high growth that led to the iPhone and a transformed product portfolio.

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Imagination and new ideas allow us to do better than merely survive by adapting to a new environment. Imagination and new ideas allow us to thrive by shaping a new environment.

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What new disruptive ideas, products and services can we offer to shape a new future?

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What surprising inputs, accidents and anomalies can we use to prompt reframing and rethinking to discover new possibilities?

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What single, open communication system can we introduce or repurpose for sharing new ideas and scaling innovations?

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What rapid, low-cost experiments can we encourage to find new ways of doing new things?

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What can we do next to find a new path to new growth?


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