Disaster and Contingency Planning Lessons from the ICU

Lead Change Blog

In a hospital, lives are saved or lost long before patients’ treatment plans are written and implemented. Planning is Impersonal. Are you a leader tasked with planning for routine operations along with the response when routines are disrupted in ways big or small? When Plans Fail. It’s inaccurate to accuse Memorial Hospital of not having a disaster plan. If you are a line employee, acquaint yourself with your organization’s contingency and disaster plans.

Contingency Planning | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

While this is understandable, it is nonetheless naive, and it constitutes a major flaw in the business logic of most strategic plans. This is so much the case that the most often overlooked aspect of strategic planning is adequately addressing contingencies as part of the planning process. Smart leaders view obstacles as a constant rather than a variable, and incorporate that thinking into their planning.


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My Business After Hurricane Sandy: Creating a Contingency Plan

Women on Business

Female Executives Strategy Uncategorized contingency plan hurricane virtual assistantHurricane Sandy was a monumental, hopefully once in a lifetime, storm. As the hurricane approached the East Coast many people frantically prepared to keep their families safe and supplies stocked. There was a run on the stores as people purchased enough food to last for a week, water to drink and gas to run generators and cars.

How Contingency Plans Cause People to Perform Worse and Try Less

Leadership Freak

Will Smith said, “There is no reason to have plan “B” because it distracts from plan “A”. Jihae Shin and Katherine Milkman, from Wharton School research found that merely thinking about a backup… Continue reading → Decisions courageous leaders Leadership Leadership Development

Succession Planning or Contingency Planning

Rapid BI

Succession Planning or Contingency Planning - Succession Planning or Contingency Planning is often talked about, but often considered too complex and expensive for many organizations or businesses to understand & put in action Related posts: Strategic Analysis and Planning Five ways to make leadership succession planning work Counter Offers, Human Capital & Retention.

Succession Planning or Contingency Planning

Rapid BI

Succession Planning or Contingency Planning - Succession Planning or Contingency Planning is often talked about, but often considered too complex and expensive for many organizations or businesses to understand & put in action Related posts: Strategic Analysis and Planning Counter Offers, Human Capital & Retention Nine box grids for talent management.

Preparing Your Business for COVID-19

Lead Change Blog

Preparations include creating a disease outbreak response plan, preparing for event cancellations, enforcing a more stringent cleaning process for offices, and cross-training employees in case some get sick or need to take care of family members who are. Planning Fallacy — We tend to believe that things will always go according to plan. This mental blindspot leads us to be ill-prepared for problems and contingencies.

The Complete List of Reasons Leaders Fail

Leadership Freak

The paranoid think about what could go wrong and make contingency plans. Leading contingency plans Leadership organizational values Top 12 reasons leaders fail: Neglecting culture. Culture building is job-one for all leaders. Lack of paranoia. Bitterness, grudges, and resentment. People fail. Successful leaders allow fresh starts. Task rather than people focus. Accepting complexity. Lack of political awareness. Successful leaders build relationships […].

Business Hacks to Navigate 2022 in Style

Strategy Driven

Have a Backup Plan. Having a backup plan for your business is something that is even more important in the modern world. By having a contingency plan in place for your company , you will find it easier to thrive in difficult situations.

Managers: What’s Your Plan B?

Lead Change Blog

Others, full of optimism, forge ahead with gusto, experience meteoric success, and later face a precipitous change in fortune due to a circumstance that could have been planned for. For career and business success, it’s worth pursuing a middle ground—one where we take calculated risks but have a fallback strategy in case Plan A craters. I found myself wondering if better contingency planning could have mitigated the damage. Some people miss out on life’s opportunities.

Life Lessons From The Ziplining Tortilla

Lead Change Blog

Businesses have Continuity and Contingency Plans (BCCP’s) in case disaster strikes, and they are supposed to test their systems periodically. Everything Else Business Continuity and Contingency Planning Change Management Ziplining When my son and I arrived on a North Georgia mountaintop several years ago for our first zip-lining outing, I did not know quite what to expect.

5 Ingenious Ways to Keep Your Small Business Running While on Holiday

Lead Change Blog

Workplace Issues contingency planning LeadershipAs an independent micro business owner, I relish holidays. However, I’m also a little fearful of them. This may sound odd. How could one be afraid of taking time off to recharge the batteries?

How to Lead a Team That Suddenly Has to Work From Home

Let's Grow Leaders

This week we’ve received so many calls from leaders trying to figure out remote working contingency plans and from managers faced with implementing these new work from home policies.

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Extra Steps Your Business Should Take When Risks Are Involved

Strategy Driven

Have a Plan for When Tech Disaster Strikes. All of these things need to be planned for properly. Risk Management contingency planning risk management strategydrivenRunning a company is risky business. There is no risk-free way of doing it. So, you should try to learn how to handle risks better. Your business will face all kinds of different risks. Getting your approach to each of them right could turn out to be the difference between success and failure.

As Brexit Negotiations Start, Companies Need Contingency Plans

Harvard Business

Any company with substantial exposure to Brexit that hasn’t yet devised contingency plans to deal with a range of outcomes, including very bad ones, is about as far behind the curve as Britain’s current government seems to be right now. ” The Brexit-related factors that he cites include exchange rate movements, share price shifts following policy announcements, and the cost of shifting investment plans in the light of anticipated shifts in trade policy.

Project Management: How to Hold the Best Accountability Conversations

Let's Grow Leaders

And in between, you’ve got scope creep, stakeholder politics, and vaguely supported contingency plans. Project management isn’t for the faint of heart. You’re pressured from above to produce results and from below to cultivate relationships with your project teams. You can become […]. The post Project Management: How to Hold the Best Accountability Conversations appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders.

Surviving and Thriving in Uncertainty: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries “Voice of Experience” mini-commentaries relevant to the given context contingency planning crisis response Frederick Funston how to survive and thrive by making correct judgments its implications and possible (if not probable) consequences of risk must also be fully understood John Wilkey & Sons Inc Oxford University Press Risk cannot be managed until it is recognized within its context risk management Risk unmanaged is risk exacerbated Samuel B.

Your CEO Succession Plan Can’t Wait

Harvard Business

63% of private companies don’t have a contingency plan in place. Succession planning Boards Leadership transitions Digital Article

7 Ways Overconfidence is Sabotoging Your Career

Let's Grow Leaders

You’ve Got No Plan B. You’re so confident you’re on the fast track, you stop networking or creating contingency plans. When you think you know what to do, it’s easy to ignore data that doesn’t fit your plan. Frank is bright, confident, with an MBA from a top 25 and a long-track record of success. He moved up quickly and has a wall full of awards.

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Tips To Help Your Business Succeed

Strategy Driven

Always have back up plans. A back up plan is vital, it means that if something were to inevitably go wrong – which let’s face it, happens all the time, no matter how prepared you are – you are ready.

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7 Ways to Help Your Team Deal with Ambiguity

Let's Grow Leaders

Find a trusted advisor (could even be a team member) who finds change and ambiguity exhilarating to help you with your plan. Brainstorm those possibilities and develop contingency plans. Dealing with ambiguity is a competency quickly pushing its way up on the list of most wanted executive competencies, while simultaneously working its way down as a vital survival skill down the organization chart.

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Is Your Team Prepared for a Safety Emergency?

Let's Grow Leaders

” I was intrigued.The team went into a well-orchestrated checklist delegating contingency emergency assignments and ensuring that everyone knew where the nearest exits and fire extinguishers were. Making a Safety Plan. Whenever 2 or more people are gathered in a conference room, they are required to make their safety plan before they begin their work. But turn on the news, and the need for a contingency plan feels a bit more pressing.

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Some Ideas To Help Accelerate Your SWOT Analysis

Six Disciplines

It''s also used to articulate the challenges an organization has, enabling contingency plans. A SWOT analysis is a tool used to assess an organization''s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. The purpose of using the SWOT tool is to uncover or reveal the organization''s competitive advantages, and what opportunities (sales, profitability) to capitalize upon. An analysis of the organization''s strengths and weaknesses is typically an internal examination process.


7 Ways to Manage Change

Skip Prichard

Plan the change. Some people are great at contingency planning and knocking down roadblocks before they occur. Change How You Think About Change. Even thinking about the topic of change can be stressful.” ~ Tammi Spayde.

Aim Higher: Leadership during a time of crisis

Skip Prichard

The nature of crisis management is that you can’t plan ahead for them. Yes, we have business contingency planning but a true crisis is often completely unexpected.). So, if we can’t plan, how do we react? Lead through Crisis. First reaction on hearing bad news? Take a deep breath. There is power in the pause.” – Skip Prichard. There are lots of “muscles” you can build up before you really need them. Physical training is a great example.

4 Steps for Making Change Happen

Great Leadership By Dan

Step 2: Have a plan for getting initial buy-in (include contingencies) Make sure your proposal takes into account all these legitimate concerns and potential dangers surrounding change. Make sure you have a plan for getting everyone affected by the change on board including a contingency for what you''ll do if people turn against you later on. Anticipate all possible objections and create contingency plans for anything that could go wrong.

Ideas To Help Accelerate Your SWOT Analysis

Six Disciplines

It's also used to articulate the challenges an organization has, enabling contingency plans. A SWOT analysis is a tool used to assess an organization's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. The purpose of using the SWOT tool is to uncover or reveal the organization's competitive advantages, and what opportunities (sales, profitability) to capitalize upon. An analysis of the organization's strengths and weaknesses is typically an internal examination process.

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Fear Of Change And 5 Ways To Overcome It

Tanveer Naseer

All authentic change goes through three stages: 1) Anticipation 2) Regression 3) Consolidation Anticipation is the exciting stage of change where we anticipate the benefits and make our transitional plans. Step 2: Have a plan for getting initial buy-in (include contingencies) Make sure your plan or proposal takes into account all the legitimate concerns and potential dangers surrounding change. Create consensus by presenting your plan to colleagues and stakeholders.

10 Leadership Lessons From My Favorite Clint Eastwood Movie Quotes

N2Growth Blog

At my firm , we help clients develop strategies and create the contingency plans needed, if certain scenarios begin to emerge. Regular readers of my weekly column have come to expect me to do my best in presenting them with fresh perspectives on how to manage the challenges that most of them face as leaders in their respective organizations. But, this week I decided to lighten it up a bit and look to what can be learned from some of my favorite Clint Eastwood movie quotes.

When in Doubt, Rehearse!

N2Growth Blog

Lately I’ve seen several leaders trip over the unexpected outcome of a grand plan. It not only gave me an opportunity to learn the logic of play calling but it taught me how to consider risk and plan for unexpected outcomes. Leadership And Contingency Planning. By Brian Layer , Chair, Organizational Development, N2growth. They failed to anticipate the mistakes and mishaps that happen in all organizations.

Research Shows a Simple Way to Increase Your Engagement at Work

Harvard Business

We found that increasing your engagement and productivity at work could be as simple as making a plan for the day. But these positive effects depended on what type of plan employees used and how many interruptions or disruptions they faced in their day-to-day work. We investigated two types of daily planning and how they influence employee engagement in dynamic work environments. Putting your daily plans to work. Juj Winn/Getty Images.

Rethinking Perks: Goodbye Stocked Kitchens and On-Site Gyms

HR Digest

How can companies going remote full-time, or those planning to work remotely, still provide perks to their employees working from home?

What is Your Innovation Style?

Great Leadership By Dan

make detailed plans before I start OR __handle problems as they arise. When you have 3 on the table, turn to "structured" colleagues and discuss what needs to happen and contribute contingency plans. Guest post from Shoya Zichy: Innovation is critical to an organization''s growth and competitive advantage. Yet in a recent survey of 5,000 only 1 in 4 people believe they are living up to their creative potential.

The Fear of the Finger

Nathan Magnuson

A business executive continues with a risky plan in spite of damning information in hopes it will work out because to turn back would be to appear to admit defeat. Have a plan and a contingency plan. I’m afraid I’ve come to recognize a serious leadership deficit today in America. It’s probably nothing new. It’s what I call “the fear of the finger.” Not the middle finger, mind you. I’m talking about the index finger.

Supporting an Employee After a Car Accident


It is very helpful when employers have contingency plans in place for this type of scenario. Pam Rochlin is a personal injury lawyer who has represented hundreds of people injured in Minnesota car accidents. At breakfast the other day, we discussed how a car accident injury affects the employee and employer, and the employer support after a car accident that can be most helpful. Priorities of Car Accident Victim.

Top Tips For Construction Project Managers

Strategy Driven

Establish Clear Plans. The first step to take is to make sure that you and everyone else are on the same page regarding plans, budgets, and timelines. Construction projects are famously difficult to manage, and this is because there are often so many moving parts.

Great by Choice

Leading Blog

Fear and worry is channeled into preparation, contingency plans, buffers and margins of safety. It is a defeatist attitude to think that luck or circumstances primarily make you what you are. Luck, both good and bad happen to us all. We cannot control much of what happens around us, but the choices we make, as Jim Collins and Morten Hansen’s research confirms, determine our success.

5 Golden Rules for Managing Business Logistics

Strategy Driven

Proper planning is mandatory for an efficient logistics system. Before you make any sweeping changes to your business, it’s vital that you plan out all of your actions to ensure that you’re not missing anything and that you’ve included everything that is a part of your logistics chain.

4 Lessons from the Toyota Crisis

Leading Blog

Thoroughly consider alternative solutions, then pick a path, develop a detailed plan, and execute with discipline and energy. Therefore, the chief questions to ask yourself about how your company will respond in a crisis are not contingency plans and policies, but about your culture and your people. “Crisis response must start by building a strong culture long before the crisis hits,” say Jeffrey Liker and Tim Ogden, authors of Toyota Under Fire.

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6 Mantras That Will Set You Apart as a Genuine Leader

Lead from Within

Strategic planning–the process of translating vision into realistic business strategies–provides you with a structure to balance long-term goals with immediate needs, update plans to reflect changing circumstances, and develop contingency plans for the wider range of possibilities. Your strategic plan is worthless unless you have a strategic vision.

This Word Unleashes Change & Innovation

N2Growth Blog

Have you identified all the risks here, and what are your contingency plans should things not progress as expected? Have you ever worked for a boss who always said no ? If you have, my first guess is it was a frustrating experience. My second guess is you don’t hold said boss in high regard as a leader. I’ve always been amazed at the number of well known axioms espousing the benefits of learning to use the word “no” with greater frequency.

Preparing Your Small Business For A Disaster

Strategy Driven

For many businesses, that is a plan for what you would do to get your business back up and running after a disaster strikes. Almost three-quarters of small business owners do not have a written disaster recovery plan. Small business owners wear many hats.

Difficult conversations require your head and your heart


A contingency plan isn’t available when the two-way interaction doesn’t go the way you’d planned. Leaders have to become increasingly more skilled at having difficult conversations with others as they take on more responsibility. Greater numbers of people might be relying on them to lead, which often entails tricky situations and tough discussions.