Pact In The News

Podcast: Crisis leadership skills during war: Pact's Alyona Gerasimova in Ukraine

November 22, 2022

In this episode, of NGO Soul + Strategy, Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken interviews Alyona Gerasimova, the Country Director for Pact in Ukraine.

They discuss:
  • How work can be a coping mechanism when everything else in the context is out of control – but you have to watch out for its downsides
  • The power of gratitude for the little things when in crisis
  • The need to switch between short-term, medium-term, and long-term time horizons and perspectives and planning, all the time
  • In volatile contexts, you need to frequently change your decision-making. This does not necessarily reflect bad decision-making, but just the need to be agile
  • Personality type-wise, some thrive in crisis; some can switch from a planful to an adaptive style, and some have difficulty functioning or making decisions in crisis
  • Some opportunities for change, learning and innovation, which organizations learned during crisis are things they may want to hold on to after the crisis is over