As most of you know, Hurricane Irene has made her way up the eastern seaboard of the United States and has caused damage to many homes and businesses alike. Yet, we can be thankful that greater damage was avoided.
Our national weather advisory managed to give our “eastcoasters” ample time to prepare their homes, stock up on supplies, and where necessary, evacuate to safer ground. Thanks to that forewarning and ability to be prepared, much was done to reduce the impact of the hurricane.
While some of our citizens remain without power even today, and some have experienced serious losses, the East Coast is already fast at work to remedy what’s been destroyed.
Monday Morning Perspective:
“Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory.”
Miguel de Cervantes
“Fortune favors the prepared mind. “
Our work lives are no different from our personal ones. We benefit from being prepared for the unexpected. We must train our people to react according to set measures of safety and security, and we must implement standardized courses of action that everyone will know to take even when the boss is away.
For the same reason our children practice fire drills at their schools, we must ensure that those we are responsible for have the best possible preparation to deal with adversity in the workplace. We set standards to reinforce the messages that we send daily as leaders, and we empower others to react accordingly when and if the time comes.
There is no greater affirmation that you are being successful in leading others as when they report to you about a crisis that has already occurred- and that it has been dealt with most efficiently and effectively.
Who can you empower in your organization?
Have a wonderful week!
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