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These are terrifying times, both as a professional and as a human being.

We are experiencing unprecedented events as the COVID-19 virus devastates the economy and healthcare systems. It is a human tragedy, the likes of which we haven’t seen in nearly a century.

Over the span of several weeks, entire industries have shuttered. Unemployment skyrocketed with a record 10 million Americans filing for benefits over two weeks. Nearly everyone who can is working remotely, with some adapting to the lifestyle for the first time.

And on top of it all, projections predict that at least 100,000 Americans will not survive the deadly virus.

This reality we find ourselves in is unimaginable.

Yet as leaders, it is our job to prepare for the worst, to not shrink from facing this new, frightening reality.

Yes, these are unprecedented, unpredictable times. But we have survived unprecedented, unpredictable times before. When the future is uncertain, we can look to the past for guidance.

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