We all know the old adage that says that failing to plan is planning to fail, but that’s a completely different topic. What I’m talking about here is developing a plan for dealing with failure before it happens. Most times, we plan things out while wearing our rose coloured glasses and sound like Voltaire’s Dr. Pangloss, saying things like “best case scenario,” which isn’t really a step up from saying “in the best of all possible worlds” when you have your eyes closed to reality. Organizations that work on a project basis often employ a fantastic strategy called a premortem, that encourages staff to envision every possible nasty thing that could go wrong, and then come up with processes for dealing with those dystopian crises should they arise.
Whether you are searching for a new role, looking to advance your career, or even if you are happy with your current situation, you’ll want to have a failure plan in place for yourself.