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 common thread running through all these interventions is strong
innovation and creative initiative, calling for work of decisive
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and codifications is not enough; these must instead be superseded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.