Trigger Questions

Did You Work on Your Plan B? And on Your Plan C?

Trigger Question #20

When was the last time you bothered to check your backup and recovery plans?

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Introduction to this updated Trigger:

The bridge accident in Maryland (in March 2024) reminded me of Murphy’s Law, namely anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Or if you prefer the scarier version, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong, and at the worst possible time.”

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Do you still remember the big event of 2020? That’s when something too small to see opened our eyes to how fragile we are. That’s when the COVID-19 virus reminded us that the unexpected can happen unexpectedly.

But how many of us have since acted on that reminder?

For example, have you created plans to help others cope if you are unexpectedly absent from work? Have you created your Plan B? And where is your Plan C?

Let’s begin with Plan B. In this case, B stands for backup. Will your data systems recover from a major power outage? Will your operating processes recover from a catastrophe? Maybe they will recover, but how smoothly?

Please note. My question is not whether you have a Plan B in place. Many managers boast about their Plan B. My question is whether you have tested and verified your Plan B. And whether you do so regularly. (When was the last time you bothered to check your backup and recovery plans?)

Now tell me about your Plan C. In this case, C stands for continuity. What procedures do you have in place for others to follow if you become incapacitated indefinitely? Or do you expect them to decode your passwords, infer your critical to-do list, anticipate your deadlines, assume your relationships?

Please note. Your Plan C is not about you. It is about them. It is about whether your colleagues will scramble or step up. Because you left them in the dark or left them prepared.

But if your corporate information is unimportant, your processes irrelevant and your role inconsequential, then, by all means, don’t bother with a Plan B and a Plan C.

Now let’s talk about you. Should you have a Plan B and a Plan C in your personal life? I think you know the answer.

Welcome to my side of the nonsense divide.

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