Rudy GuilianiWhether in your career or in your business there are times when you may feel invincible and you have the world right where you want it. But do you?  Contingency planning can be a tedious and time consuming affair and who can think of all the challenges or things that can go wrong. Not anybody, that’s right not even perfect me and you!

So where am I going with this. I feel as though I should delve into choices and consequences but will save that for a latter time. For now, allow me to borrow a page from the Nations Mayor Rudy Giuliani  former NY mayor during the September 11, 2001 massacre.

In short when the message came to Rudy he didn’t have a plan for that event and no one had even thought it could happen, but none the less it was ON and he had to make it happen.  Luckily for NY and Rudy, since he was in office in tandem with running the city and reducing street crime he had gotten with key team members to plan for disaster events. I.e. hurricanes, fires, bomb threats, demonstrations, etc. They tried to think of all kinds of things that could happen and planned around them with steps to take. Well this paid off in spades. The reason why, was because although they didn’t have a plan for planes flying into buildings they had elements of other plans they were able to quickly piece together to form a New plan to handle the unknown threat and what was needed to be done now.

The point is when anything becomes routine or ordinary watch out for the extraordinary. We all know too well that all things change for good and bad so be prepared, ask questions (ask why five times), keep learning, and most of all don’t try to do it alone.  In your career and business from time to time you should prepare a S.W.O.T. analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats).

As my mom always said two heads are better than one. Form teams and focus groups to work on small projects. This will not only aid in contingency planning and bring in new thoughts and ideas, but also develop team building and relationships so when it hits the fan and it will, you have people you can trust and that trust you to lead them through…

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