Gulf of Mexico – The Epitome of Poor Time Management

The epitome of poor time management is demonstrated by the BP tragedy that keeps on giving !

The aim of any corporation is profit – and that’s a good thing for shareholders and employees alike – as long as there are profits, shareholders will continue to invest and employees will continue to have jobs.  Customers will continue to have access to the product too.  That’s planning – assuring cotinued health of the corporation.  And what are plans based on?  Mission and values of the company?

Okay – so far so good – and what is consumed during the planning process – time!  Good planning means taking the time  to assure that all aspects of achieving the company’s goals are taken into account – and that includes planning ahead to solve foreseeable problems.

How does that translate to good time management?  If you think and plan ahead for any issue which may come about, it means that, in the long run, you save time.  Why?  Because you can move into action immediately preventing, likely, the problem getting worse and consuming even more time by more people for a longer period of time.

Is the situation in the Gulf of Mexico getting worse?  You betcha!  We haven’t seen anything yet!

And you can bet that there are a lot of people at BP “spinning their wheels” trying to figure out what to do now. 

If BP executives had taken the time to plan for the worse possible scenario, oil cleaning equipment with the latest technology would have been on the scene quickly.  Are they?  No.  Because no one was prepared, not even government.  Would the well have been capped within hours?  Yes but it wasn’t.  Would the damaged parts of the rig have been repaired before they caused problems?  Yes.  Were they?  No.  Why not?  Why wouldn’t any executive in the oil business not be able to foresee these possible problems and assure that plans were in place to deal with this kind of situation quickly and effectively?  After all, if you’re an expert in an industry, surely, you know the possibilities.

Now, of course, we’re all paying the price.

People diedWildlife is dying Ocean pleasures as we once knew them in that region are being destroyedOur food supply is being wiped out.  Livelihoods in that region are becoming extinct.   Why?  Because BP executives placed no value on the very resource on which they operated – they didn’t care enough to take the time to plan for the worse possible scenario and take action to assure that everything was in place should it ever happen.  To me, that’s poor planning – a poor use of time.

Say, another scenario had taken place.  In this scenario, the BP would have spent time during their planning stages to reach their goal of drilling from the ocean floor by assuring safety, maintenance and disaster procedures.  In this case, the disaster may have never happened because the broken parts of the rig would have been repaired immediately.  And if something did happen, BP was ready to cap the well immediately, deploy the latest in oil clean up technology quickly,  and execute a procedure to assure minimum impact on lives and the environment.  Would it have taken so much more time to plan this way?  Of course, not.

But, now, all over the world, we will all lose.  

Now we will all pay – we will all pay at the pumps, for the clean up, reduction in food supply and water-related activities and for what has been lost which can never be recovered – the health of our oceans.  And all the children and grand-children will pay – even those of the BP executives!

And there’s another one just waiting to happen in greater proportions!  Did you watch 60 Minutes last Sunday?  If you didn’t, try to find a rebroadcast somewhere – you’ll be astonished.  It was said on 60 Minutes that BP was ignoring that problem too!

With poor planning, there is no allowance for worse case scenarios and the negative impact on time is substantial.  Good time management practices assure that the time taken today to plan saves time, energy and resources in the future.  If BP executives had taken the time to properly plan for all eventualities which could have been foreseen, hundreds of thousands of hours could have been saved by BP employees, oil clean up crews, governments trying to deal with the disaster, volunteers trying to save wildlife and clean up the beaches, and it could have saved lives!

Lorraine Arams
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