Critical times call for critical paths

Author: Scott O’Halloran

Being sick at an event isn’t fun.

Having to leave an event because you’re sick, isn’t great.

Being rushed to hospital from an event and being admitted for four days is the worst. It’s also unplanned – obviously. Even though my feet were up – the doctors didn’t give me a choice – there was work to be done, clients to update and suppliers to manage.

I once believed a ‘critical path’ was just extra work – another document that gets filed away until you’re asked to clean your folders out…right?

Thankfully, my colleagues could act on my behalf without going into a frenzy. They looked into my critical paths to see what my next steps were going to be across every project great and small.

Without critical paths, thoughtful strategy and strong communication can often be put at risk. All those hours of careful planning can be wasted if your colleagues and partners are left in the dark. By setting up a critical path at the start of a project and thinking through every step, you give yourself (and, crucially, others) clear direction. Thus when the proverbial does hit the fan and you’re faced with something, well, critical, there’s always a plan B. Or C or D.

Happily, I made a full recovery. The event, itself, didn’t miss a beat.

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