Once humans figured out how to put together a few trees, make them watertight and were able to control its direction, they began to explore nearby lands and people via water.
As commercial shipping evolved into business enterprises where the ships set sail for and what the intended trade would entail began to be determined by the home office.
Although without the ability to communicate regularly things didn’t always go according to plan.
Today, in theory, communication is instantaneous from multiple office locations and the ships they advise and in essence control under normal circumstances.
Which is why it was amazing to read the stories of the various crew members who were essentially stuck on various large cruise ships.
Even after the passengers disembarked after their post COVID-19 experiences. These crew members were from a variety of International locations from the Philippines to India or Taiwan among others. They were each ready to get home to their families.
The problems mounted as time went on as many ports would not permit the large cruise ships into their ports. Even if they were able to dock – flights were not available to transport the crew members to their respective countries.
The more I read about this situation the more it became clear this was not a simple yet confusing logistics problem to solve. Not by a long stretch!
This was a logistics problem on steroids!
Governments, Health organizations, for the ships in US Waters the US Coast Guard and numerous other organizations and companies were changing the rules each day.
This recent real world example brings to mind my question for you to consider this week. How deep do you plan in your business for your Plan B?
You know the plan you have in the ready if Plan A doesn’t work out. Do you have a Plan C?
Do you have a Plan D?
How far do you go vetting out solutions and potential problems so you and your team aren’t caught off guard? If anyone is thinking of something that may happen and the response is ‘oh, don’t worry, that will never happen’.
Think again as this year it has.
No one has ever said to me ‘you worry too much’. So recognize at least one great opportunity from this year’s pandemic. Open the door for thinking about what if…..then form teams to create solutions to what if in total chaos. It will payoff right away by getting people to work together in teams on something they can really appreciate.
Being prepared for anything.
Mitch Tublin is the CEO and Founder of Wenkroy International LLC a boutique consulting company with a main focus on adding value to people. Through Speaking, Training and Coaching we change lives. Our passion is to take people to the next level in their life and in their career or business.