TIP: Have a solid Plan A for everything! Then have a Plan B, Plan C, & Plan D.

Planning, PLan A, PLan B In my opinion you should always have a good solid Plan A, something that virtually assures you of success. But, having a Plan B, Plan C, etc. is imperative! Something will always go wrong and you must plan for those things to go wrong.

“I tell this story to illustrate the truth of the statement I heard long ago in the general eisenhowerArmy: Plans are worthless, but planning is everything. There is a very great distinction because when you are planning for an emergency you must start with this one thing: the very definition of ‘emergency’ is that it is unexpected, therefore it is not going to happen the way you are planning.” President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1957

So, does that make sense to you?

I just said have a Plan A – Plan D and now you are hearing a former President say that plans are “worthless.”  Yup, I totally agree with Ike! So what do you learn as you come up with that primary plan and the multiple alternatives? Exactly! You learn what can happen and what you can do to deal with it. It is the planning where you do the most learning learning and preparing to handle any emergency.

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    • Jesse, You are absolutely spot on!! “Flexible & Adaptable” are keys to preparedness. And “communications” is the common issue/problem underlying firefighter casualties. And I don’t have proof, but I would imagine the same applies to the battlefield. Thanks for your comment!

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    • Exactly! That is why a person must plan as Ike said. It is the “process” of planning that has the real value. In the “process” you find the problems, issues and faults of what could go wrong…and the options to “fix it”.
      Great quote! The original reads, “no plan survives contact with the enemy” and that is the shortened version that comes from “No plan of operations extends with certainty beyond the first encounter with the enemy’s main strength.” The author of that quote is German Field Marshal, Chief of staff of the Prussian Army Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf von Moltke. (Moltke on the Art of War)

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