In the Blink of an Eye

I think I’ve come the the end of the road from the recent electrical storm. Most of the systems have been repaired, metal objects have been removed from the roof and work is in progress to fix the outstanding issues in the office. In a nutshell, this has been a journey full of lessons for consideration. Let me share with you my top five lessons from this experience.

Lesson #1 – Invest in a Surge Protection for your Electrical Panel
Electricity is electricity. It is important to invest the right combination of surge protection and battery back up systems for your place of work. If you work in your home, do talk your local electrician for the best combination of protection for your equipment. You will be surprised at the equipment you can buy in order to protect your equipment and yourself.

Lesson #2 – If it’s on your roof, get it grounded.
Take a look on the roof of your home or office. If you have metal things on the roof, are they grounded to ensure you and your office are safe. For example, if you have a Satellite Disk on your roof, is it properly grounded? If not, talk with company that owns the equipment and ask them to take the necessary steps to ensure it is safe.

Lesson #3 – Insist on Safe Work by Service Companies
I get really concerned when Bell Canada strings “wires” through the trees as a temporary solution to fix a phone line. While I understand it is a temporary solution, temporary should take days, not multiple months. Keep after Bell if you have “temporary wring” hanging the trees. It is a unnecessary risk that can cause problems for your phone, Internet and property.

Lesson #4 – Prepare for the Worst
Even with the best protection in place, things can happen in a blink of an eye. I think it is important to keep in mind that with the best plans, things can go wrong. Equipment can stop work, things get destroyed and work can be interrupted. The key is to plan for the worst, hope for the best and keep moving forward. Which leads me to the last point.

Lesson #5 – Always be Thankful
Yes, be thankful. In my case, its “stuff”. It’s a pain to fix, replace or repair. However, its just stuff. The good news is that no one got hurt and I’m here writing about it today. And for that, I am thankful!

Life is challenge where the lessons are provided well in advance of the class. The key is to keep learning, whether one finds they are in class or life.

After all, sometimes, life is the class.

Be well,


Mother Nature 1: Electical System 0

I’m not sure what happened on Sunday night.
It was one of those electrical storms you live through every once and while. It was very colourful with lots of banging and crashing.
Eye catching is a phrase that comes to mind.

By the time the storm was over, it had a left it’s mark:

  • six breakers tripped in the electrical panel
  • One UPS box was cooked
  • One fried network switch
  • One cooked bell Phone Modem
  • One dead VoIP Phone Switch
  • Another network swtich dead with no lights
  • Two external hard drives rendered useless
  • Internet Radio that can’t play a tune
  • Television with no picture
  • Computer that won’t start up
  • The good news is that other equipment endured the electrical spikes and survived.

    I’m in the midst of getting things repaired and back in order.

    And I am wiser for the experience. Afterall, with all of the best protection in place, Mother Nature still wins!

    — Jerry


    Moving Through the economic times

    I tend to keep an eye on the news.  It reminds of the work of John Naisbitt and his famous book, “Megatrends”.  His book made a host of predictions that turned out to be really helpful to organizations.  He was and remains one of my heroes of “looking for patterns”.

    My car lease ran out at the end of March and I found myself in the position of having to replace my car.  Buying a new car was something I did not want to do.  Leasing another car seemed risky.  In the end, I bought a used car.  It works great and the service at the dealership was excellent.  Yet, as I went through the entire experience a few patterns emerged for me about our changing economy.

    Point #1 – Having a job is important!

    This is not a new point.  Yet, as I wandered through the dealership, I was reminded by the one simply fact.  No job, no car.  In fact, no job can translate into no home, no food, no… well you know.  No nothing!  Meaningful employment is important.

    Point #2 – Benefits are critical!

    As we grow older, we need those drug benefit plans to ensure we can pay for the drugs and health services we need.  Without them, the cost of health can become a battle between food, shelter and health.  I firmly believe benefits are going to the next real challenge for families and working people.  Without benefits, we place people and families at grave risk.

    Point #3 – A Pension Plan is a Must

    I was surprised to read about the overall reaction of people to pay out packages for executives.  As I shared with a friend, no one talks when Executives are hired, they only seem to react when they hear they are leaving with a “golden parachute”.  I think the critical point is people need to know they will have enough money when they stop work to keep living.  Or else, people work until they can’t work any more.  People need a plan they can have confidence in as they approach the question of wether they want to continue to work or stop working.  A pension is not a gift, its a very important part of life.  We all need one.

    Moving Forward in the Fog

    The tough economic times remind me of driving in the fog.  You can usually see a small distance in front of you, coupled with driving carefully, you can remain safe.   If you proceed with caution while driving, you will arrive.  As we move through these times, people need to know their is something meaningful for them to do every day.  Like driving with caution, people need to keep working in order feel progress, safety and to know they are making a difference.  Benefits, like seat belts, keep people safe when driving in the soup of life.  And above all, pensions provide the comfort to know when it’s acceptable to stop and let someone else drive.

    The recession will continue.  It’s far from over.  However, collectively, we can make through this fog.

    And we will be better for the experience.

    After all, that’s what I remember when I’m driving down the road.