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Ebola: A 20-year Warning

May 12th, 2015  | 

Published in Organization Health

Are you paying attention to the world around you?

It’s easy to get caught up in the here-and-now. But as a leader, it’s your job to look around, connect the dots and prepare for events that could have a significant impact on you, your workplace and your community.

Twenty years ago this month the first outbreak of Ebola was confirmed in Zaire, Africa.

Unless you were a doctor, scientist or living in the community where 245 of the 317 people infected by Ebola died, you probably knew nothing of this deadly virus.

Nineteen years later, the first case of Ebola was confirmed in Dallas, Texas. Within hours, America hovered on the verge of a national crisis.

Ideas, behaviors and even diseases may take years to enter our personal lives. The Ebola developments of 2014 – slowly building over a 19-year period – prove that we all are more connected than ever.

What warning signs are you failing to appreciate?

What changes are blowing in the wind that may one day enter your world with the force of a tornado?

How you choose to prepare today can make a difference later for you and those that count on you.

About the Author: Greg Bustin advises leaders of some of the world’s most admired companies, and he’s dedicated a career to working with CEOs and the leadership teams of hundreds of companies in a range of industries. He’s facilitated more than 200 strategic planning sessions, and he’s delivered more than 500 keynotes and workshops on five continents. His fifth leadership book—How Leaders Decide: A Timeless Guide to Making Tough Choices—examines 52 of history’s greatest triumphs and tragedies and debuted in April as the #1 new historical reference book on Amazon.

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