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A Dive Shop in Maine?

Are you a diligent reader of this blog? If so, then you may remember a few months back I made a visit to Virginia and DC. If not, that’s ok, welcome new visitor! Now, go read, “A Change in Perspective“, written during that trip. The reason was simple: My nephew is awesome, and he was celebrating his 1st birthday.

The scenario now is a bit different. I’m in a darkened hotel room (afternoon nap time) in Portland, Maine, with the same great family and a much larger (and now running) nephew. They are here for a scientific conference, and I’m here as, yes, babysitter. Sure, it’s a long flight (two, in fact), but what’s that for friends who are like family?

Part of the time has been spent walking around Portland. It’s really a beautiful town, with old buildings carrying a new vibrancy. The people exude youth, hip, and a social consciousness far beyond south Florida (we’re getting better!). Many restaurants feature vegetarian, vegan, and sustainable choices. And of course, there’s the seafood…lobster, clams, and fish of all kinds, well, more so the cold ones. Truthfully, only the cold ones. It’s freezing here.

Ok, ok, to the point.

Down by the water, there are fish markets, commercial operations, and…a local dive shop. As a Floridian, I would be considered a dive snob…warm waters, good visibility (clear water), calm seas, and easy access to the rest of the tropics. They have none of those qualities here, yet here they are, flourishing for over 30 years. How? Because there is always something special. Cold water sea life is very different from the tropics, though no less impressive. Corals and sponges grow more slowly, but to even greater sizes. Fish are more bulky and lumbering, yet come in shapes and colors I could never find in the Bahamas.

Just because the way you know is your favorite, or even the accepted ideal, realize there is always an alternative view. Sometimes, those can be just as impressive and expose you to concepts never before considered.

Of course, my thin blood means I wear 5 layers of wetsuits!

Full disclosure: I’m not diving on this trip, though I have done cooler water dives, with large amounts of insulation. A polar bear I am not. 

Change…When It’s Forced

Last night, I went to bed feeling great. Got in some exercising prior, then a few episodes of Shark Tank to enhance my court-side business savvy.

For no reason (beknownst to me, at least), I woke up at around 2:00 a.m., and I was not great. Miserable would be a suitable adjective to describe my then-current state. Thus ensued a sleepless night of tissues, tossing, and positioning to keep the sinuses happy. As most people know from this situation, there is no ideal position, no angle which makes you feel better. There’s not even a temperature that feels right. Covers on? Too hot. Covers off? Ice cube. Remember that activity monitor discussed a number of posts back? It stopped considering me even trying to sleep after 4:30 a.m.

What to do when an unexpected situation is thrust upon you? Adapt as best you can. In my case, that has meant a day of tissues within arms reach, lots of water, quiet focus on research, and this blog. Thankfully, my father (business partner) and I share meeting obligations, so he has been taking those on with gusto (No angry calls/e-mails yet. That’s good news!).

What about within your CU? Operations cannot just stop in place, even if the issue requires significant attention. Have an “emergency plan” that can be launched when anything arises compromising your ability to do business as usual. It can even be a tiered plan, with various levels of handicap to the institution. Level one can represent an important executive absent on a unique review day, while level 5 can deal with a natural disaster or other major event taking down telecom or power.

Many places understand what to do when something big happens, but what if Jane is out sick on the day she was supposed to finalize a major initiative affecting CU strategic plans? In the same way power grids can automatically fall back to working systems in an effort to keep electricity flowing, your CU can do the same.

All it takes is a plan. And some soft tissues.

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