The best way to predict the future is to create it.

Peter Drucker

“Seize tomorrow” is the simple definition. However, the message and meaning are much more important than that. The fact is that each of us has only one future. It is ours to define and design.

In lieu of just spending time – invest wisely. Create your future as you want it to be. Carpe Mañana!

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The Challenge of Change

“There is no more delicate a matter to take in hand, nor more dangerous to conduct, nor more doubtful to success, than to step up as a leader in the introduction of change. For he who innovates will have for his enemies all those well off under the existing order of things, and only lukewarm supporters in those who might be better off under the new.” Niccolo Machiavelli

You can't handle the truth!

In the movie a Few Good Men Jessep and Kaffee had an exchange that included the aforementioned statement. In reality most of us can’t handle the truth either.

Truth is the focus of many great quotes, thoughts and thinkers, good intentions, and our belief system yet time and time again it is just a word on a page and not an action. Denial is the safety net of an addict. Without denial addiction overwhelms us (even addiction to the status quo) – remove denial and the healing process begins.

The Wisdom of Joe Gray

One of the books on Enron and its collapse was titled The Smartest Guys in the Room. I haven’t read it but I suspect that I could report on its content without much difficulty. Gather the right (or wrong) set of egos, IQs, MBAs, CPAs, and other self appointed “best and brightest” together – inject them with the steroids of profit sharing, salary and perks, each other, and stock options and you quickly will see a team run fast – fast and out of control.

Jack was Right!

Preface: This article was originally written for Insurance Agents. It attempts to show the need for a Catastrophe / Contingency Planning and Disaster Management program as well as ideas / questions to help you develop a crisis communications plan. Development of such programs is complex and requires significant thought, planning, and actions. I encourage you to use this article as an "organizational gad fly" to get such a plan created for your business / family.

You don't want to do your catastrophe planning while standing waste deep in water or in the pile of debris that was your office.

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