Engage Your Prophet of Doom

Can Do attitude

Glass half full mentality

Look for solutions, not for problems
And a new one for me: “Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and focus on what could go right.”
These are all good things to look for in your sales, marketing and customer service people. But if you have picked your IT Manager because they understand social media marketing you have a train wreck coming your way.

To do contingency planning right, you need to seek out and embrace the person whose favorite phrase is, “We’re all going to die!” – your very own Prophet of Doom. This person will be easy to find. They are sitting alone in the lunch room, with lots of napkins. They will be the “but” in the brainstorming session. They will volunteer to be the designated driver on Thirsty Thursday. They will check out the current passengers before boarding the elevator.

Approach your prophet of doom carefully. You dare not encourage them too much or your business will grind to a halt. Focus their energy in those projects where you absolutely, positively have to get it right the first time.  The last few months’ news headlines have commonly contained multi-billion dollar horror stories where the CEO is likely now wishing they had sought out their prophet of doom. Those giants will likely survive that oversight – could your family business survive the same   mis-step?

Jim Peters


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The instant a private thought is communicated to another in any form, compromises begin to be made in the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the information shared. Yet the appropriate sharing of information is critical to the operation and success of every organization. The purpose of our relationship will be for me to assist with the safeguarding of the information critical to the continuation of your business. My role in our relationship will be similar to that of the sailor in the crow’s nest. I am not there to steer the ship nor am I there to read the compass or do soundings. I am there to keep a watch out for storms or pirates on the horizon and to keep an eye on the distant shore.

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