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Submitted by Richard Derwent Cooke on May 25th, 2011
All the management books, coaches and gurus seem to be telling us that we have to make plans … Hell, this morning I was in just a session with my clients! “How are you going to do that?” “What will you do if it fails?” “Who could help you?” “What’s the alternative?” So I guess I can’t rail against the idea of plans. However, there is a downside … They give you an illusion of control. I suspect that is one reason that they are so popular. After all, if you have a plan and are on-track, you must know where you’re going … right?
The problem comes when your plan goes off the rails. Time for Plan B … Do you have one?
The trouble is before you can press the button to activate it, you have to accept that the first one didn’t work and that is never a pleasant experience. In fact, sometimes it can be so hard that we won’t admit it, even to ourselves and deny ourselves the chance to pull the rip cord in time. Plans give you hope, and that is hard to abandon.
Oh well, in the words of the old song, “Dust yourself off, brush yourself off and start all over again.”
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