During Super Bowl 47 something rather unexpected happened, the power went out during the second half. Well, half the stadium’s power went out that is, and yet, the show must go on. The game was delayed 35-minutes, the problem was fixed and the game continued, after all, it was the Super Bowl, and after a long fought season, that game had to be played. Some would say that the chances of that happening, the power going out, is next to impossible. Well, if you know anything about New Orleans, you should be too awfully surprised, I wasn’t.
Now then, let’s talk about this and how things like this happen to us all in the real world. For instance, let’s say you run a business; what do you do when things go wrong, do you immediately look for blame, huddle the team, work on the crisis, or search of opportunity in the process. How about all those things simultaneously? Interestingly enough, the San Francisco 49s had their power off so their Telex Headsets were not working, they should have huddled the team and strategized or had another half-time locker room type talk.
That’s what the Baltimore Ravens did, but let me ask you something, what would you have done in the those darkest minutes? As an entrepreneur or business leader you cannot give in or give up, you must continually perform, and be up for the challenge. Whatever it takes is what you should be doing and in any crisis you ought to look for opportunities to help your team win. If you fail to seize on such opportunities you are losing a precious resource, not only of time, but of people power too.
Speaking of power in your company, do you have a solid plan if the power goes out, the phone lines go down, your IT system fails, the Internet stops working, or some outside catastrophe prevents you from shipping or receiving products or supplies? You should have a game plan for that, and any other serious contingency. When the World Trade Center Twin Towers were under attack on September 11, 2001 one company got everyone out safely and without further incident; Oppenheimer Investment Funds. Why you ask, well, because they had a plan.
You see when the first attacks hit the Trade Tower building back many years before in the parking structure, they developed a plan. They ran that plan, that day, and they also had a secondary location ready to continue business. Can you say the same? Do you have a plan in case the power goes out in the middle of your game? Please consider all this and think on it.