Sunday, December 28, 2008

Pragmatic Strategic Guidelines in Unpredictable Times

Lately, there have been some chaotic situations that gotten us to reread our situational guidelines list

Following are some of our strategic guidelines for the traveling strategists:
  • Plan and prepare early
  • Focus on the safety of you (and your entire team)
  • Leave early. Carry lightly. Travel fast and quietly.
  • Use a transportation service that is trustworthy and reliable
  • Leave for the airport before dawn breaks
  • Arrive promptly and quietly
  • Take rooms between 3rd floor and the 9th floor
  • Never take rooms near elevators and exits
  • Always have a min. of two escape routes
  • Always have a lightweight "Go" bag of essentials available
  • Carry a paper map just in case your PDA is not available
  • Store your corporate data in a separate portable digital storage device
  • Always carry a paper list of contact phone numbers (include fax #'s) and a calling card.
  • Always have some "all-climate" clothes available in your clothing pack
  • When traveling alone, keep one hand free and always be aware of your grand settings.

Why Plan?
"In planning, no useless move. In strategy, no useless move in vain." - Chen Hao

It has been said that a bad plan is always better than no plan. Why? One can always adjust a bad plan. The question is, how can one adjust their strategic focus when they have no plan?

Tactical Deployment
"In the field of observation, fortune favors the prepared mind." - Louis Pasteur
  • Stay centered, relaxed, ground, calm and consciously aware
  • Always play it safe
  • Never make decisions based on emotions
  • Never take large risk for a small gain
  • Focus on executing a purposeful move that propels a gain of strategic value.

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1 comment:

Rick said...

It's not a stretch to say that sometimes bad things happen to regular people, minding their own business, travelling.

There are plenty of places where you might go and end up getting kidnapped for a ransom. It really isn't that unusual.

Your safety is something you should always think about.