3 Manager Attitudes that Lead to Disaster

Do you think your business is safe from disaster? Unfortunately, it’s probably not. The reality of business is that many companies are simply unprepared to handle disaster preparation, response and mitigation. This can be very costly for companies. We aren’t talking about a minor $1,000 issue, we’re talking about millions in equipment on the line because someone thinks it can wait or they will get to it later. Well guess what…getting to it later is putting your company at extreme risk.

Who’s job is it to fix it? If you are a business owner, operations officer, property manager or inventory custodian it’s your job. It may be time to take a solid look in the mirror and make sure you didn’t make these mistakes when you created your property and equipment management plan. While you may be the rock star in your company,  overconfidence may lead to overlooking the inevitability of a disaster scenario. That’s a mistake that could turn your career into a downward spiral.Here are 3 common attitudes of property managers that can lead to disaster:

  1. The overzealous planner – this is the property manager who is certain his plan is fail-proof. After countless meticulous audits he can account for all of the company’s equipment down to the last eraser on the very last pencil. Employees may use words like, “he’s a little OCD in a good way” or “he’s totally anal retentive.” This sounds awesome, right?! With the job at hand attention to detail is extremely important. Unfortunately, many times the focus of this manager’s plan is too narrow to respond flexibly to the chaotic and unpredictable nature of disaster scenarios.  This can leave the company just as vulnerable as those without a plan to begin with.
  2.  The lazy optimist– So maybe your organization is in a state that hasn’t had a natural disaster in three-decades and, sure, your business is located in a community filled with good-natured neighbors who would never resort to violence, crime or terrorism. There’s no logical need to assess risk and devise a plan for disaster preparedness and recovery, right? Wrong. If you are the lazy optimist you could soon have time to be really lazy, as an unemployed couch potato. The question isn’t “if” a disaster will affect your company, the question is “when” and to “what” magnitude. A healthy amount of vigilance and concern is necessary.
  3. The overwhelmed and under-prepared manager– If you’re the property manager or owner of a small business you’re most likely also that company’s accountant, receptionist, IT attendant and designated coffee delivery boy. You are simply everything…to everybody. Focusing on disaster preparedness is one of those things on your list that will have to come after you put out the current fire. Finding time for planning for you is tough. It’s the thing that always ends up at the bottom of the to do list. We understand. For you, it is important to find an efficient way to integrate disaster planning into your current schedule. But make no mistake, it is important to fit in. You just need to find a way to do it without locking yourself in a room for 3 weeks in an attempt to make sure no one else can find you and interrupt your process.


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