What a freak weather event—a Cyclone Bomb —that hit the United States last week!
According to Forbes, about 70 million people were affected by the Cyclone Bomb, a weather system defined here. This phenomenon came with little warning and caused extreme disruption.
Here are a few examples:
- A person planning to attend our Spring Training for Leaders Workshop cancelled because he was stuck in Denver due to weather.
- It took 5 days for a Phoenix-based professional speaker I know to get out of Denver.
- Airlines grounded 3100 flights.
- 125,000 people in Colorado and Texas had no power.
- 1,100 motorists got stranded on various routes.
- Schools and offices were closed in many counties.
- 100-vehicle accident occurred on I-25 in Colorado and a 131-car pile-up in Wisconsin.
- Cars were completely buried in snow.
As leaders, this event should get us thinking about potential freak business disruptions that might be on the horizon.
In the next 5 days, conduct a 30-minute thinking/planning meeting with yourself. Turn off all distractions and think about what event (or series of events) could happen to disrupt your business. Then determine what you can do proactively to ensure it doesn’t.
In your meeting, ask great questions in these (or similar) categories:
Customers: Which one customer can we least afford to lose? What are we not doing to ensure we don’t lose that person?
Employees: What is the one reason our top-performing employees would leave over the next three months? What actions do we need to take to prevent that from happening?
Recruiting: If we had to find five to ten new high-potential employees next quarter, what is one thing we should be doing about it this quarter?
Financial: If we know we’ll fall short of our profit goal next quarter, what could we do about it today?
Everyone’s Cyclone Bomb is different. As your leadership coach, I encourage you to identify the Cyclone Bomb on your horizon, then proactively prepare to minimize its effects. Challenge yourself and your team by asking questions that make you think, engage, and take action.