A crisis committee – at last!

The German Government has set up a crisis committee to combat the pandemic.

A crisis committee, as per its definition, „ensures that decisions can be made quickly and implemented with a combined effort, even under high pressure.” Organizations should also establish a crisis committee for difficult negotiations.

The more complex and difficult the negotiation is, the more difficult the decision-making process becomes. There are diverging interests and different priorities in organizations, along with legal complexities and personal sensitivities. Under pressure, it is virtually impossible to reach a decision.

Consequently, a small team is needed to make decisions based on the FBI team setup: a decision maker (Decision Maker), someone in charge of the strategic conduct of negotiations (Commander), and someone to negotiate “at the table” (Negotiator).

There is so much experience and knowledge in organizations such as law enforcement about the right approaches to crises – and I am surprised that corporate organizations and political parties do not want to learn from them. Setting up a crisis committee in Berlin with an experienced crisis manager from the German armed forces is right – and overdue.

Negotiation tip

  • For difficult negotiations, you should set up a crisis committee.
  • This crisis committee consists of a very small team.
  • Use our FBI team setup for your negotiating team with a Decision Maker, a Commander and a Negotiator.
  • After the end of the negotiation, the crisis committee is dissolved, and the organization returns to its original organizational structure.

For further information please see:

N-Espresso George Kohlrieser 

Podcast Handelsblatt Disrupt

and our online course





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