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Sunday, July 11, 2010

CONTROL = APPLICATION OF INFORMATION: Crisis Management - The Great Destroyer Of Careers and Projects

Crisis Management
- The Great Destroyer of Careers and Projects.

Dear Readers and Colleagues:

I have been so busy "putting out fires," and responding, knee-jerk style, to client requests and other people's critical time frames, agendas and needs, that I have neither reviewed nor put together a "To Do" list in two whole weeks. In brief, this means that I am not following a clear path toward my professional objective, but that I am becoming yet another frenzied errand-boy.

Errand-boys (or girls) have frustrating, overburdened, stress-filled and unproductive lives. They cannot become leaders. They cannot complete a finished work. They are not following a path toward achievement, increment by increment. They will be financially-stricken cardiac patients or suicides.

If you are not preparing and following your own "To Do" list every single day, you need to stop, rest, and get back on your own path. Shut out the world long enough to visualize, re-focus and map YOUR plan. Review it several times daily. Keep it updated. It is your crucial mission statement.

A career success cannot be built upon a continuous habit of crisis management. By definition, crisis management is a diversion, an instant improvised tactic which can take you away from your strategic plan.

Be accommodating. Address issues which may come up unexpectedly -- but keep your eye on the prize at all times. Your first priority must be the achievement of your own well-crafted plan. Anything that takes you too far away from that priority must be contained and carefully budgeted.

As Uncle Mortoise (*not his real name) would say: "Charity begins in da home. If you can't pay da mortgage, you can't give da bums no charity. Foist rule: Take care of yourself, uddawise ya won't be in no shape to help nobody no how."**


Douglas Castle

*Uncle Mortoise did a very brief stint as a Professor of English Literature at an Ivy League University, and held a number of other prestigious positions until his unfortunate and untimely death in an altercation with the operator of a cement truck. - DC

Douglas Castle
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