It is not IF we will experience a crisis/challenge, but WHEN.
As an individual, as a family, as an organization, as a community and even as a nation, we are and will continue to experience crises, and this can take different forms; accidents, illnesses, death of a loved one, natural or man-made disasters, organizational downsizing/lay-offs, job/career changes, company mergers, and so many other examples; plus, the fall-out ripple-effects that any crisis/challenge brings.
Just this week, I was talking with a friend, who works for a global manufacturer, in which different operational functions are housed in different locations. I asked; in the even of a crisis, do you have a continuity of operations plan? My friend replied “no, if one building stops functioning, it will dramatically effect the entire operations of the company”.
This case example isn’t unique to this particular manufacturing company. I have seen this same dynamic take place across industries, states, communities, families and individuals. Often times, we choose not to prepare/plan for crises because it is uncomfortable, takes too much time, cost money that we don’t have or want to spend. Most people choose to hope nothing bad happens to them and their loved ones.
Yesterday as the weather alert radio alarm went off and the National Weather Alert issued a tornado watch for the next 6 hours where I lived, I quickly realized that life and weather do not patiently pause and wait for me to get prepared. Although I am an optimistic person, I know that hope is not a plan and that I, too, must expect the best yet prepare for the worst and take action to prepare.
What are you doing to prepare for and respond to crisis/challenge?