When there's a fire, real or figurative, people step up to put it out. Immediately silos break down, teams work together, great ideas are generated and executed, and people think about what needs to be done rather than who's going to get the credit.
Companies and governments are starting to study the conditions that exist during emergencies, and trying to replicate them in non-emergency situations to spur performance, with some success.
"there are no two words in the English language more harmful than 'good job.'"Terrance