The death of Osama Bin Laden this week illuminated to the world the tenacity of the United States in its relentless pursuit of the mastermind of the September 11th attacks. It’s been ten years in the making since the tragedy of the twin towers, the Pentagon and Flight 93, and it’s still resonates within the minds of many Americans. The dreadful acts on that day forever changed the minds of United States citizens and for many around the world. It was a wake-up call for many of us. We have since endured security changes that make us long for the olden days where we could actually greet our loved ones at the airport arrival gate.

One of the key things that changed was our view of crisis management and travel in the workplace at at home.  We now analyze data more thoroughly and look for solutions to keep the organization thriving.  Sustainable strategic planning became a necessity as we look at ways to ensure that organizations are prepared for crisis situations. We review succession plans to ensure that the organization can continue to thrive when leadership changes may take place at a moment’s notice. We look at ways the organization can continue to sustain itself with offsite resources in case of disasters. Whether it is a tragedy such as the 9/11 attacks or a natural disaster as we’ve seen with the recent tornadoes in the South, organizations in the last decade have become more prepared. It’s unfortunate that a tragedy brought this to light to so many organizations, but it’s a reality we must all face. It always pays to be prepared.

What has the Osama bin Laden death meant to you and your organization regarding sustainable strategic planning?

What action plans do you have in place to ensure your organization has a strong succession plan in case of a crisis?

Do you have a strong support system in place to support your employees and staff to ensure you can move forward?