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K: What If Some People Don’t Show Up?

Issue: How would your recovery plan work in the absence of your key personnel? Worse, what if there were injuries—or even fatalities?

Action: For a very effective test, "bump off" a few key personnel temporarily to simulate this situation, and see how the others compensate. The best person to bump off is your key technical guru. Since this person is doing such a good job, he or she would probably enjoy an afternoon golfing game, while the rest of the team tests the plan. It will also give you a good idea of how others respond without this key individual, and a good indication of how well they work under stress.

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