Monday, February 1, 2016

What Do The Blizzard of 2016, Local Governments and You Have In Common?

Monday, February 1, 2016 7:54 AM
What a question! “What Do The Blizzard of 2016, Local Governments and You Have In Common?”

Now before you stop reading and think this is some rant about politics or I want to whine about how much snow we got, you are wrong so stay with me and you may pick up a thing or two about yourself and your business.

Let’s start with the weather. For about two weeks recently we were getting warned about a possible snowstorm that was forming near Alaska which could pose a problem for those of us that live along the East Coast of the U.S. Not a big problem but a problem nonetheless, so stay tuned.

They first called for a few inches of snow one day and a few the next but it could change and go further south which would make it all rain for the Washington, D.C. area but they weren’t sure.

As time went on they were warning us for over a week that this storm had the potential to be a big storm so again, stay tuned.

A few days later everyone was being warned that this storm could be a record setting storm so get prepared. This is the part I want to focus on, GET PREPARED!

So how did it turn out and why am I including local governments and you and your business in this post about the weather? Great question as it is extremely important.

A friend of mine is a mechanic and one of his customers plows snow in the Maryland suburbs. He left home on Friday morning to make sure all was well with the plowing equipment. I finally heard from him the following Wednesday evening and was informed that he still wasn’t home and wouldn’t be for several more days! Why?

The local governments in our area didn’t prepare properly. They didn’t have a clear plan and because they didn’t have a clear plan they couldn’t communicate this plan to everyone involved. A week later, the streets where tens of thousands of people live were still not plowed and were being told it would be several more days until they would see a plow! Are you kidding me?!

Think about all of the people this will impact. Those that need to get to a hospital. Those that need to get their medications. What about those that need fuel oil to heat their homes or those that have animals they need to get to in order to feed and water them?

The impact of not being properly prepared is enormous! The ramifications of all of this will be felt for years. People lost their lives in this storm and yet the local governments were warned for two weeks!

How should they have prepared? The local governments should have called everyone into a meeting at the first mention of this potential storm. They should have set up a plan that showed where everyone would be, how many pieces of snow clearing equipment they have available, number of drivers, the budgets, etc.

Once they had this they should have set up a meeting with all of the contractor’s they employ to help clear snow and go over the plan with them. Who has what equipment and what drivers do they have available?

They could have posted all of the subdivisions, the neighborhoods, the main roads, etc. and assign areas to each crew to be ready to go if they are needed with the amount they would be paid to be on stand-by.

Now everyone has the plan, clearly communicated and ready to go. If the storm passes then the local governments are only out a small amount of money. If the storm hits, they are prepared and ready to go. Well, the storm hit and they were nowhere near prepared to go and as I stated a week and a half later, many people were stranded.

What does all of this have to do with you?


Many of us have been warned about things we need to take care of and be prepared for much like a weather report. In this case it was a snowstorm but what about:

·         An issue with your finances?
·         How about a lack of sales?
·         Do you have a clear plan?
·         Do your salespeople know exactly what to do and how to get it done?
·         Does your marketing team know exactly what is required to drive business to your sales team?
·         Have you clearly communicated your plan to all involved?
·         If you have, can everyone clearly and concisely repeat it back to you?
·         Is everyone pulling in the same direction?
·         Do you know where to start?
·         Are you focused on the most important items that need to get done now?

This list can continue but just like the local governments that I pointed out, if they had taken the time to get set up and clearly communicate it to everyone, the storm would have just been routine and they would have weathered it without any major problems. Unfortunately for some of them, there are calls to have them removed from office.

If you own the company you may not hear of calls to be removed from office but some of your best people may look to migrate to another office in another company, don’t let this happen.

Map out your plan and make it very clear. Where are you trying to go? How will you get there? What is required? Go over and over this until it is so clear you can put it into play without hesitation.

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Until my next post, I wish you all success – live like you mean it!

Dean Marchese
The Dean of Success!©


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