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The ‘Worst Case Scenario’ Myth:

Written by  TOM ROEPKE & STEVEN GOLDMAN

What Really Matters in Continuity Planning “What’s the worst that could happen?” Now there’s a saying business continuity practitioners have probably heard a thousand times. But it is a saying we have in the ether of our planning minds; it is on our continual quest to ensure the resiliency of our department, organization, school, company, or government agency. In 1957 President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered a speech to the National Defense Executive Reserve Conference in Washington, D.C., where he made the famous quote “Plans are worthless, but planning is everything…” While that statement is very insightful in and of itself, the greater context of what he said is even more instructive:“I tell this story to illustrate the truth of the statement,” he said. “I heard long ago in the Army: Plans are worthless, but planning is everything. There is a very great distinction because when you are planning for an emergency you must start