This past weekend’s tragedy and deepening with the Malaysian Airlines plane that simply vanished is remarkably sad. Over 225 people on that plane and scores of loved ones and friends left without any closure. In today’s technologically sophisticated world, it seems unimaginable that we don’t know exactly what happened or where the plane is. My thoughts and prayers go to all that have been impacted.

On reading some of the stories coming out of this calamity, I saw that one American company lost 20 employees in the accident. While the company was global, it doesn’t matter the size…20 people is a lot. The loss of life can’t be diminished. Yet, the harsh reality of human redundancy must be mentioned. In business travel today (with autos being the most dangerous), the chance for multiple people from any one company either perishing or being injured is real. A global company, while hurt, can recover more quickly due to greater resources. What about a small business? What if you lost 10% of your employees in one event? What are your contingency plans?

Tragic events hurt from a human perspective. From a business perspective, they can be insurmountable unless you have a plan.

Bottom line – get a plan.

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