Patrick LAGADEC is a specialist in the prevention and management of crises, and in the guidance of organisations and large systems in situations of heavy turbulence and rupture.

He acts as consultant to the executive committees of major companies (including critical infrastructures and worldwide networks: energy, transport, distribution, space and aeronautics, the food industry, etc), to large public organisations, to international bodies (the United Nations, NATO, the European Union), and to voluntary associations and NGOs, both in France and abroad.

His consultancy work includes in-depth anticipatory planning, advice to leaders and personal coaching, strengthening of teamwork, design and operation of non-conventional simulations, ambitious feedback exercises on complex crises, strategic reflection in unprecedented situations, and public lectures and appearances aimed at enriching the debate around these issues. His work has also included intervention in situations of crisis or immediate rupture, especially in the role of strategic analyst, providing advisory in-depth support to the decision-makers.

The common thread running through all these interventions is strong innovation and creative initiative, calling for work of decisive strategic intelligence.

Patrick LAGADEC helps the stakeholders in crisis situations to forge new paths, creating openings and new scope for freedom of manoeuvre. These allow for the construction of practices of governance which respond better to the challenges of our times.

A highly-developed process of research and action within the best international networks, and especially the European Crisis Management Academy (of which he is a member of the Governing Council), allows for the immediate mobilisation of the most up-to-date questioning processes and operational references.

The whole field of crises and ruptures is in accelerated upheaval. This means that the simple application of yesterday's discoveries and codifications is not enough; these must instead be superseded radically. To content oneself with the application of acquired methods is often not very efficient, and can even be counter-productive. Increasingly it is the case that the undertaking of decisive initiatives is the only way of remaining as the actor of one's own history. It is vital to be always up to the challenge of the unprecedented, the unthinkable, the surprise.

This supposes appropriate and long-term research, allied with a concern for immediate operational responsibility. These together make it possible to come effectively to the aid of those who have the heavy burden of devising practical courses of action, both in the immediate, and in the long term.