Silver Bullets – do they work?

“In folklore, a bullet cast from silver is often one of the few weapons that are effective against a werewolf, witch, vampire, or other monsters. The term is also a metaphor for a simple, seemingly magical, solution to a difficult problem: for example, penicillin was a silver bullet that allowed doctors to treat and successfully cure many bacterial infections.” – Wikipedia

So, if you believe in werewolves, vampires and witches, go right ahead and keep looking for the quick fix.

In spite of Donald Trump’s promises, there’s no silver bullet for COVID 19 – we will have to put in the hard yards and take the time to develop a vaccine – a tailor-made one that codes for the specific immunity we need.

The same goes for rebuilding our businesses. The one resource you have is the knowledge and experience of your people. That’s where you will find the richest ore that will allow you to develop the specific resilience and innovation to kick start and sustain your new path forward.

This is eloquently discussed in the following article by Kotter’s Gaurav Gupta which we have recently read and wanted to share with you.  He explores why silver bullet solutions are appealing, especially during uncertain times, and explores why they may not be the path forward for your organization.

Silver Bullets Are Seductive But Unhelpful – Especially In Uncertain Times   – By Gaurav Gupta

We also spoke about this in one of our earlier ‘insights’ – If The Cap Fits? – You’ll wear it everywhere  

Stay safe, be kind

Noho ora mai

The Bats team


2020-04-15T15:14:46+00:0015th April 2020|Employee Engagement, Leadership and Performance|0 Comments

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