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Author Stephen King, probably best known for his horror novels, would know about being prepared for the worst – after all, his ability to picture and describe this has led to his enormous success.

And while optimism for the future is an important leadership trait – leaders need to be able to visualise and describe a vision that everyone can understand and will want to be a part of – preparing for the worst is essential to our survival. Simply put, Homo Sapiens would never have survived droughts, storms and other natural disasters without preparation for lean times.

Unfortunately, it is also human nature to become somewhat complacent when things are going well – again, rooted in evolutionary biology, perhaps, as the mind’s way of taking some much-needed rest. Without keeping an eye on your surroundings, though, you can be in for a nasty surprise.

From a business perspective, and as a company director / board member, risk management is, of course, essential, as I wrote about last week. By understanding the risks and having plans in place for response if those risks emerge, you’re best placed to focus your energies on your vision, knowing that even if the worst happens, you will be able to respond.

So, by all means hope for the best and work towards this vision but be ready to respond if things don’t go the right way.

Or, as the financial adviser and author, Howard Ruff said, “It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.”

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