Don’t get Caught with Your Pants Down

unpreparedHAVE YOU EVER had that nightmare where you show up to work with no pants on? Well it can happen, figuratively speaking, in a very real way if you don’t ask yourself some very important questions.

It’s not so much that you need to be prepared for a what if it happens scenario as it is you need to be prepared for a when it happens scenario.

One day something will go sideways. And when it does, wouldn’t it be nice to know that you can refer to your well thought-out plan?

True – you can’t be prepared for every possible situation. But with a little forethought you can be prepared for most situations and at the very least be equipped with good processes and templates that you can adapt for unforeseen events.

Some questions you may want to ask yourself are:

  • What would we do if a major funding source suddenly became unavailable?
  • What are the risks associated with the delivery of programs and services?
  • If something happened to a key employee, would we still be able to operate?
  • Are all our core business practices procedurally documented?
  • What type of scandal would close our doors forever?
  • If any of these situations should occur, how would we communicate it?
  • Who would we communicate it to?
  • When would we communicate it?

If you haven’t invested in a good Tighten-Your-Belt-a-Notch-to-Keep-Your-Pants-Up plan your only recourse may very well be to hope that it doesn’t get too messy and that you wore clean underwear that day!

You don’t won’t to get caught with your pants down, do you? How are you going to make sure that doesn’t happen?

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