Life Lessons from the Weather

Perhaps we should manage “our business” knowing that a storm could come. Think about it. With a hurricane watch, you know a storm may hit, but you don’t know exactly when, where or how hard it will be, so you entertain a plan for the worst-case scenario, but you hope for the best.

My experience managing projects, either life or business endeavors, is that it works out well when I have a plan for meeting challenges.  I don’t stop everything and just stay home all day – because maybe the storm never comes. And I don’t just pretend that nothing could ever go wrong.  Positive thinking is terrific and motivating, but simply thinking positive thoughts without any forward planning is sometimes disastrous (British Petroleum and the oil spill somehow come to mind!)

Rather, I prefer a more pragmatic approach.  Stay positive, stay in the moment, but have a contingency plan.  Sometimes just knowing that I have an answer to the question, “What would I do if …?”  is good enough.  I hope that “if” never really happens, but if it does, I prefer to have some rain gear in my pocket.

Of course, from time to time, there are huge emergencies that you just can’t even imagine (like the meltdown of a nuclear reactor after an earthquake).  For that, I pack an extra helping of faith and I pray that I can execute well on this quote from Arnold Glasgow, “Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.”

Wishing you much success in the storms of life, and many rainbows to follow!

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Date: Saturday, 27. August 2011 12:22
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