Friday, September 28, 2018

Plan A (or B, C, D)


There is always Plan A: "Do nothing"

  • This is actually different from "do no harm"; do-no-harm could be Plan B
  • Following that theme, sticking with Plan A could actually be harmful ... thus, Plan B could be not only less harmful but also could be essential for limiting harm

So, presume there is always Plan A, and good management principles say: there should be a Plan B
  • What about Plan C or D? Shouldn't decision makers always have alternatives to consider? Why be narrow? 
  • More important: why be self-delusional that there is "no other choice". No other choice, is, in a word: nonsense!
And, if you've decided on Plan A or B, and along comes the possibility of C or D with greater cost/benefit, can you change you mind and still be "strong and confident"?

  • ".... the ability to change one’s mind is a crucial mark of intelligence and maturity ... " (Bret Stephens)




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