The Power of One

A lot of attention tends to focus on corporate responsibility, greeness and how diverse your employees are. In today’s world all of those things are important as foundational pillars of a socially competent company. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re American, Israeli, German, or Chinese.
Crisis management – and how well you’ve prepared for it, is the new normal. You’d better have your ducks in a row if a crisis hits, and you ought to be willing to be transparent about how you lined them up. How well you train the organization to react, will become apparent in the first 5 minutes of your crisis. Are you a small school? A large company? A public service government agency? What’s the worst crisis you can imagine?

When a gunman walks into a school, it’s broadcast on Youtube immediately. What if something occurs inside your organization? Have you trained your employees on basic mandates for cellphone usage, video uploads, and other content protection during a crisis?

When I worked in the crisis management field on the ground during an air disaster, all content in and out was protected. It was simply too sensitive.

In the wake of the Japanese nuclear reactor disaster critics across the airwaves continue to investigate GE and the Japanese government for the way they have handled the crisis, and for the safety measures in place (or not)

It has become standard issue to hang corporate chieftains up for the world to see, when things go wrong. Billions are lost. Lives are at stake. Oil spills, heads roll. In a crisis – someone has to pay.

In japan, the sea walls the government built around the coastline weren’t tall enough. Who knew the tsunami that would hit would be taller and more powerful. Critics maintained that either GE or the government or both should have known to build the reactors on high ground, versus ground level.

But hindsight is 20/20.

In writing a book recently, the CEO and I wanted to emphasize the power of personal responsibility.

We created an early chapter to lay down the foundation of the power of One, because if an individual employee can get that concept first – the rest of the team benefits and you’re in flow.

In a crisis, everyone has to pitch in. The Blame game will only destruct, distract, and destroy. A crisis can destroy people, marriages, and corporations from within if the individual parts fight against themselves.

Crisis management is about being prepared. Are you?

5 Comments

  1. Tammy, you are on my heart today. This is what the Lord says to you. . . ” My friend Tammy will be a world changer… far more change in a good way than she thinks.

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  2. Tammy
    I bought “The Compass” in a 50 cent bin at Big Lot store near me.
    I could not put it down, it was an eye opener.
    I lost my hubby after 45 years of marriage in 2006. The weeks leading up to his death I was there in the room with him every day most all day. No one came to visit or be with either of us. He passed away the day before Christmas & I was by his side, thanks to a nice security guard who came to the hotel and picked me up, took me to the hospital just in time. I walked into his cubicle and took ahold of his hand, I said Honey I’m here, he died at that time. I was so heart sick,sad but glad I was there when he left this earth. The days, weeks, months that followed, I felt so helpless, we had a big home and 2 acres of ground. Things needed done, lawn mowed, then snow removal, etc. all at a cost. I was so overwhelmed, I wish I could have done what Jonathan did and run away. But if I did who would have taken care of all the details of my life in my absence? I have had a dream of being financially able to rent a cabin for 1 week during the summer on Lake Erie, just to get away.

    On page 74 the third paragraph was a WOW!!!! moment for me. I read that and reread it.
    I would love to be the person to just let go of people who are hurtful to me, but this person has been my friend since 8th grade in school and she wasn’t always like she is today. She is a hurtful, vindictive, mean tempered person, I feel like I have to walk on egg shells each time she comes across the patio to my patio to visit which is maybe 3 times a day. She thinks she knows everything and you have to do everything her way or she is mad. She lies to other neighbors about me, it gets back to me. She doesn’t drive, and moved here to be near me so we could care for each other in our older years. She is 71 I am 70. I do not want her moving in with me, my life would be heck… on earth. She tells me I will have to sell or get rid of all my items in my spare room which is my craft, sewing, quilting room, I have a 12 foot quilting machine in there. She expects to move in with me. It is not happening, I will put my foot down, she is not the loving person I went to school with and friend who did a lot of things together with. Dementia? maybe. I loved this book and I have read 83 other books this year so far and “The Compass” has touched my spirit like none of the others. Just picking up and leaving like Jonathan did is not an option for me, I am on a limited income, I am pretty well stuck in my rut life. I am so glad Jonathan went back to Lacy. Losing a loved on is heart wrenching but you move on like the book says, but you never forget. thanks for letting me tell you my story. The book is right, things, people come into your life for a reason, season. Sue

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  3. Thanks Steve! Takes a world changer to know one. And you are a warrior, for sure. Remember when we met being interviewed by Geraldo for his show? Very fun day. Can’t say I’ve met anyone else on a tv set and remained friends!

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  4. just read “The Compass” in one sitting.
    yes, the power of words recalls the saying- the Pen is mightier than the Sword . something our world, when linked to the aimless “ratrace” of Jon and Lacy’s former pursuits, either forget or won’t embrace.
    Tammy, you have awoken me from a 11 year, self-imposed slumber – I accept the challenge knowing the difficulty is to get the words to those who need to listen.
    as your words have made it way “Down Under” in Melbourne continue ,like Soloman, to persevere.
    may you be rewarded with your pursuits in 2012.

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    • Thank you so much for the 2012 blessing! I’m so glad the book gave you that. I was just a conduit, and knew that the book was meant to change lives. I related to the concept of “old pain is an anchor” and to let go. In 2012 it’s time to be joyful!
      The characters in the book spoke to me too.

      Please write in January to update me on positive things going on in your life! I loved Solomon, and his wisdom for such a young homeless boy. Tammy

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