Falling Pianos and Dodging Busses

October 11, 2019

 

We all, or hopefully most us, have an aversion to misfortune. Who likes getting ill, arguments or a flat car battery on a bitter cold November morning?

 

When I was a kid, I used to watch Laurel and Hardy on the tv in the mornings during the summer holidays. Classic slap-stick style, it seemed that the 1920s and 1930s in metropolitan America held the real risk of a crated piano falling off a crane's hook from 40 feet up onto an unsuspecting pedestrian below at any given moment.

 

Slapstick movies aside - risk.  We can't get away from it, we really can't.  But what we can do is manage it.  Lessen the odds.  Diminish the possibility of musical instrument themed mis-haps or any other misfortune come to that.  Exercise more, relax more and eat better (of which, my wife is the real expert when it comes to healthy eating - worth talking to her it really is).

 

When I first started working in law back in the late 90s, I had a managing partner who was many things - not always good (or at least that's how I saw him back then).  One thing he said that stuck with me?  "Hey - your files.  If you get hit by a bus tomorrow, where will I know you are up to with each one?"  His point was that I should do well recorded file management as opposed to take greater care around public transport.

 

Now, his precarious balancing act between my health and welfare in contrast to my files aside, there is a point here.  A risk management point.  Fast forward one or two decades, and I worked for an entity that entrusted me with a new venture.  Whilst a few had a little knowledge of what I was doing, no-one really knew anything else as to what was needed on day-to-day basis.  And that was a lot.  I mean an awful lot.  Complex too.

 

But there was no back-up plan.  No "what if he gets hit by a bus" or by a crated piano from 40 feet up come to that.  Having shadow cover, or a back-up person, or at least someone to know the very basics in case of my absence, really seemed to be a bridge too far.  And yet the solution to that risk was seemingly so obvious - back me up and reduce the risk.

 

Avoiding that bus is often more simple than we think in that seemingly small changes can have big impacts - if not now, certainly over time.  And the great thing is?  They often come with little, or no, cost investment.  Being aware of the need to do something is half the battle.  Implementing an effective strategy is the other half.

 

Let me know if I can help you avoid any of the dangling pianos in your life - give me a shout!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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