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    Due diligence can mean difference between good plan, bad plan

    Weigh possible solutions, stumbling blocks; have contingency plan for the unexpected


    What’s the escape plan?

    That was easy to draft up and present.

    I invoked their pride and professionalism, and advised them that there is no reason this will not work swimmingly. I have not told them that there is no escape plan because we have analyzed it front to back and it will work. An escape plan here would be admitting we didn’t put our best effort forward, and we allowed a negative mind set to sink us. We were not going to have that happen on our watch.

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    You may be thinking, but Herm said a plan that can’t be changed is a bad plan.

    True. And we have analyzed what the contingency plan would be if it failed miserably. So, there would be a plan in place: Returning to the original (which is poor as well) would be plan No. 1. Another machine and body to run it is a plan—but budget wise, not very good. And then we would have the age-old problem of no space for it.

    Having a change (“an out”) in case of problems is crucial—as long as it is tucked away in a small area of your brain to ensure it is not the first thing you grab when you are having an implosion day in the beginning of the endeavor.

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    By the way, Herm also said: "This is what's great about sports. This is what the greatest thing about sports is. You play to win the game. Hello? You play to win the game. You don't play it to just play it.”

    Get your game face on, and hit the field! You’ll never win the game on the sidelines.

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    Dianna E. Graves, COMT, BS Ed

    E: [email protected]

    Graves is clinical services manager at St. Paul Eye Clinic PA, in Woodbury, MN. Graves is a graduate of the School of Ophthalmic Medical Technology, St. Paul, MN, and has been a member of its teaching faculty since 1983.

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