“Your ability to master the uncertainties will define you!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
So I’ll end up golfing today instead of being on a plane. Trust me, it wasn’t my plan, but it was the result of my contingency plan!
I’m in Phoenix today for an event tomorrow. I’ve already had some interesting travel days this year with storms and rumours of storms, and so the logistics of the challenge of getting to my keynote are always there. I’ve missed very few events through my 25 year career on stage.
Saturday, the meteorologists had started chatting about yet another weather ‘event’ for the Toronto area, where I live. Hitting on Wednesday. When I was due to leave. Five days out. Great!
By Monday, their chatter had turned into a scream, and the latest system was on the table.
I had already arranged with the client to have a room booked for arrival one night early, and had flights booked, just in case. So I kicked the contingency into action, and we flew down yesterday.
Side benefit – golf today!
Prepare for anything, always have a plan, make ‘backup’ your middle name! The world around you has become so volatile and unpredictable that you need to always be ready to do the unexpected quickly, with graceful calm under pressure.
That’s the mindset you need for the world of business today. 2019 is being marked by the return of higher levels of economic uncertainty, much of it driven by new political realities. Business hates uncertainty — yet I’ve learned that many of my global clients don’t really excel with ‘contingency innovation.’ They’ve got lots of strategic planning in place, often based on a certain path forward. It’s when that path is shifted, twisted and torn, that things go wrong. Planning goes out the window – survival takes over. Yet there is a better way – a continuous structure of contingency alternatives!
Structure for innovation! Align to surprise! Be ready for the unexpected!
It’s the unknown that will define you!