Leadership: expect the unexpected

We are all familiar with Murphy’s Law: if anything can go wrong it probably will.
That’s what happened two weeks ago.  Few friends of mine were organizing a contest.
They were working hard to put everything in place.
An appropriate venue was chosen.
Out-of-town participants were informed of the exact location and other logistics of the event.

Things were going according to plan.

Then two days before the event all took an unexpected turn.
A family emergency prevented three major players from attending.
And that included the keynote speaker.

With less than 48 hours to the contest, two people took the reins.
They worked long hours to make sure the contest had its judges and all the other
important positions filled. With the help of technology (they lived in different towns)
they were able to coordinate and work with each other effectively.

The event was a success!

Expect the unexpected
No matter how much we planned something, the unexpected can happen at any time.
The solution?
Be prepared.
And allow enough time to deal with the unexpected.

I’m not going to tell you that you’ll be able to prepare for everything.
But having strategies in place will greatly increase your chances of dealing successfully
with surprises of any kind.

And sometime the unexpected can bring new possibilities.
With even greater victories.


/Comments/in Leadership/by Mariana Fieraru
Mariana Fieraru
Mariana Fieraru, an Eastern European transplant, fell in love with her new home shortly after landing in New York. She "discovered" pizza! Years later she still loves pizza. And so do her two feathered-kids, Sunny and Flipper

Mariana worked on both, the east and the west coast.
Big or small, each project she worked on helped define the importance of gaining and sustaining a competitive edge in an increasingly complex business environment.

Business know-how, love of teaching and writing – all combined in 2006 to form OBI.
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