Why moving from a linear to cyclical mindset is the key to leading in a complex post-Covid world.

To cope with an uncertain and volatile world, visionary leadership is key to developing future-proofed businesses. Moving beyond a linear business model to a more cyclical one is a powerful tool that can lead to resilient businesses able to weather any storm.
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What you need to know

  • In a Volatile Uncertain Complex Ambiguous world, we need to re-think the way we look at and react to events in order to embody a visionary leadership style.
  • A shift from a linear mindset towards a cyclical one is a powerful way to provide more clarity and build up future-ready businesses that are resilient and adaptative.
  • Integrating a cyclical mindset into a business model enhances their impact and ability to remain strong against further unexpected societal shifts.
  • Entrepreneurial families looking to secure their legacy should be inspired by ancient Chinese philosophy and consider time their ally, rather than a continuous constraint, to be able to leverage and adjust it to their individual, family and business posture accordingly.



Foresight Updated on October 21, 2022

While the world progressively wakes up after 18 months of restrictions and emergency adaptation, one could say that the time of great resignation now moves towards the great adaptation. Similarly, as some mourn loved ones, our collective mind-body-soul trinity is about to reach a new phase in the bereavement cycle in a post-Covid world reality. We understand, whether consciously or not, that we need to find new ways to live and work together. Businesses have accepted this too, and family enterprises are no different. The ability to adapt in a crisis lasted long enough to push various systems beyond their limits – that of our physical planet, the essential need for care and mental health, our vulnerable globalised supply chains, the impact of climate change on our economies and societies, to name a few.

Mainstream society, economies and businesses models are based on linear thinking

This thinking calls for infinite and systematic growth – because punctual de-growth can have dramatic social and economic impacts – constant production, and the glorification of work. Any downtime is considered a weakness, whether we talk about a country’s economy, a professional career, supply and demand. A break is considered to be the end.

About the Authors

Christelle Vigot

Christelle Vigot

Business transformation & value creation

Christelle believes that families have to adapt if they are to safeguard their legacy, the performance of their business – as well as the planet. Strategy, empathy, and transversal creativity are fundamental in a shifting and complex world.

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