GDOTS is out in force. The Georgia State Office of Transportation is out spreading salt on the roads for the imminent 3 inches of sleet or hail descending later today.
I am waiting inside my home, looking out, and strangely having a spark of inspiration. Waiting means knowing the temperature will drop 20 degrees and 3 inches of sleet or hail will start, within hours. Clear grey clouds and an eerie, almost relative, calm mask the fury before this Southern storm.
Why is this significant in comparison to Boston and the historical level of snow they are enduring?
Remember the first few times you rode on a roller coaster. Expand dramatically the pitch and fall of those roller coaster turns and you have North Georgia roads. Now take away the snowplows of New England, since snowstorms occur less.
What remains is the comparable problem from ice and even worse, ice storms. See a two inch deep sheet of ice on every road and sidewalk. Expand that picture with the black ice you see in your region, as soon as anything lands on top of the basic ice sheet. In short, ice sheets on hilly North Georgia roads are not for the weak of heart!
Those who saw and possibly laughed at the Atlanta snow storm of 2014, known locally as Snowmageddon, logically missed the real problem. Almost immediately, two to three inches of ice on those hilly roads created impossible logistics.
Now add in the factors of everyone leaving at the same time, accidents and enough nearly empty gas tanks. Change the phrase snow and call it Icemageddon.
Next apply facing this situation in your life or business. Depending upon the issue, its timing and your particular situation at the time, you may have reacted to fit in one of three basic groups.
In the first group, some people go into overcompensate mode. They list every potential situation which can occur for every conceivable length of time the storm may last. This can be good if they quickly start working on the most likely and most important issue. This can be bad if they start attacking the issues with an alphabetical prioritization or based upon what order the list was created.
Remember media stories of shoppers cleaning out grocery stores of basic food before a blizzard, hurricane or tornado. We see empty shelves and aisles strewn with litter from panicked purchasers purchasing five to ten times as much as they really need. After the storm, they return four to nine times as much as they needed and are incensed if the merchant charges a restocking fee or refuses to accept crushed bread, melted popsicles and spoiled milk. All of us had been in this group to some degree in our life, particularly the first time facing a situation.
The second group remembers the last similar storm. You think back on what went well and what went askew. Then you prudently restock basic groceries, gas and other necessities, so more people can get what they really need. This is easy to say academically, but hard to do in real personal or business life.
The final group freezes and does nothing. Afraid of doing the wrong thing, look silly or be second guessed, they do nothing. Atlanta Snowmageddon was really Icemageddon. All of us have also been in this group to some degree in our life, particularly when the issue suggests it will turn into a political battle.
Depending upon where you live, there will always be another ice storm, blizzard or tornado in your personal life. There will always be a crisis, cash shortfall to cover payroll or irate customer in your business life. What can you do to operate more often in the middle group of how you look at, address or hear your next personal or business issue?