You and I will try our luck at night. For people in Boston, how useful is 2 inches of snow expected?
In Atlanta, it was a 17-hour trip during the 2014 Atlanta snowstorm, although I left early when I learned of the snow.
What I don’t know is:
(1) The construction manager who parked my car will lock the normal exit first, forcing us to walk down five floors and slide out a smooth 45-degree icy hillside on an alley without traffic lights. They decided to unilaterally restrict someone from sliding on the snow on their top deck, which was an irreversible event during the long journey. It seems that I was only 5 minutes late when I went out, and then they locked the exit (leave your thoughts to the client for discussion).
(2) The mayor of Atlanta decided to send everyone home at the same time, flooding 1 million people on the highway instead of launching dismissal.
(3) Atlantans don’t refuel on weekends in the snowy season, just in case it snows. This caused hundreds of cars to stall in traffic until they ran out of gasoline in the middle of the road to further block the road.
In hindsight, I should (1) leave the lunch meeting early, (2) wait for an inch of snow at a nearby hotel, or (3) fortunately decide not to attend the meeting.
After living in New England for ten years, I know how to drive in the ice and snow, and constantly refuel my gas tank on weekends. A loving spouse called me and said that it really snowed this time.
Where in your life or business should you (1) make some kind of emergency plan for WHEN, not if something really strange but foreseeable happens, (2) take the initiative to create the top three foreseeable and likely to happen List of situations to avoid and (3) prepare some financial or emotional reserves for your WHEN (not IF event)?
Some organizations call this process contingency planning, risk assessment, risk management, operational risk management, enterprise risk management, or even the strategic direction of your annual budget process. The fact is that if your organization does not regularly participate in at least one of these best business practices, then your version of the 2014 Atlanta Snowstorm will adversely affect you and your business.
Without planning any million dollar blind spots that can actually be foreseen, you may not be able to make a second guess based on the best facts you think. Indeed, if you have a minimal contingency plan for unique foreseeable risks, then you will have a better frame of reference and insight.