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Countering Catastrophes: Managing Tough Scenarios and Setbacks

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In a perfect world, everything would always go according to plan and disaster would never strike. Unfortunately, things go wrong every day. In your professional life, how you respond to the minor setback and the major catastrophes can be a determining factor in your success. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to hone your crisis management skills.

Figuring Out How It Can All Go Wrong

Setbacks, failures and mistakes are obviously never the plan, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan for them. Taking a step back to look at all the potential outcomes means you should have an idea of how and where there’s potential for trouble. A surprise pandemic has laid bare just how few contingency plans are in place across the board, and how things have been managed can be a teachable moment. 

Taking a moment to identify and familiarize yourself with your own unique “worst-case scenarios” empowers you to be effectively prepared for them. Would losing access to your cloud storage solution be a game-ending failure for your business? Maybe it’s time to make sure there are backstop measures in place to prevent such an event. Would a break in the supply chain cause your business to grind to a halt? Having alternative supply sources waiting in the wings means you won’t be caught off guard.

Objectively evaluating your professional situation to prepare for potential disasters is always good business, but that doesn’t mean it’s possible to predict every setback. Crises you never thought to prepare for will likely rear their heads at some point. The key isn’t playing a never-ending game of goalie with potential obstacles; the key is making contingency plans where you can to mitigate fallout.

Expanding Your Professional Support System

The importance of building and maintaining an emotional support system is frequently and openly discussed. When it comes to professional support systems, however, the conversation isn’t always so candid and frank. Being capable of doing it all doesn’t mean you should be; in fact, doing it all means you’re not leaving yourself room for growth. 

Being ready to counter anything that comes your way means building the right team for your needs. For some, a few key full-time employees are the key to success. For you, an effective team may look differently. If you were suddenly incapacitated or unexpectedly ill, who would make sure your vision for the future doesn’t suffer from your unavoidable absence? No matter how capable you are on a daily basis, a trusted second in command is vital. Even if it’s as simple as working with someone who can build and execute a social media campaign while you’re doing damage control, or having someone to field emails and calls while you’re otherwise engaged. 

Having it all doesn’t always mean doing it all, and planning for setbacks is a vital part of professional growth. With the right tools at your disposal, you’re better positioned to navigate the tough times.

Posted on October 21st, 2020 by Client Advocate Team

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