"Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face," eminent philosopher and pugilist Mike Tyson once said.
And every organization's strategy is set in stone -- until it's not.
Disruption is today's new normal. And dealing with it now requires, more than any time in history, the need to build critical flexibility into your strategic planning. Which begs the question: How can an organization even contemplate a five-year strategic plan, let alone execute one?
Of course, it is impossible to build a strategy that anticipates every conceivable kind of change, disruption, or crisis given that they come at us today from so many different directions: political, technological, natural, financial, marketplace, medical, terrorism, et al. What is possible, however, is to build the capacity to deal with disruption once it occurs. It's learning how to roll with the punches. And keep on figh...