Our reader poll today asks: Which best describes your organization?
- We are meticulous planners, and things always run smoothly 4.41%
- We plan well but have an occasional crisis 48.74%
- We try to plan, but crises tend to run our lives 34.59%
- There’s no planning, and we’re in perpetual crisis 12.26%
Crisis of the day. Almost half of respondents report living from crisis to crisis. Many of these crises are likely avoidable either through better planning or more effective decision making. Pausing occasionally to look into the future and plan for possible scenarios can help you be ready to react when a crisis comes up or, better yet, figure out ways to minimize the likelihood of a crisis by making different decisions today. Many crises are also likely self-inflicted. Making decisions without fully playing out their ramifications in the future can result in these situations. A little bit of planning goes a long way. Sure, it’s hard to carve out time to do it but consider the tradeoff of not doing it is a crisis down the road that will consume much more time and energy than the planning itself would. A regular strategic pause and plan mindset can help you avoid crises and reduce the amount of stress your organization deals with every day.
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These results were originally a SmartPulse poll in SmartBrief on Leadership which tracks feedback from more than 240,000 business leaders. Get smarter on leadership and sign up for the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter.