When the Unexpected Strikes


I had planned to post today another “favorite firing”—a tongue-in-cheek, moral-of-the-story piece about what can go wrong in the workplace and how to reduce the likelihood of future such happenings.

But sometimes reality intervenes. The past few days, with the images of shootings across Paris, have been one of those times.

I was immediately drawn back to September 11, 2001, when I was in a Human Resources role, and we were struggling with how to help employees cope with the tragedies of that day. Now, it is the French who must cope, who must struggle to make sense of the senseless.

It’s important to have a crisis management plan in place. But no plan can foresee everything. Often, all we can do is listen to each other and empathize.

The moral of the story is to be grateful for what you have and who you love. In the moment.

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