It is easier to paddle a canoe on a calm lake.

Resilient systems are much more efficient and effective. They rely on workflows that function in spite of setbacks, barriers or even limited resources. They do not rely on top-down hierarchical structures but, instead, they create a latticework of self-organization.

Its faster to get where you are going when everyone is rowing together, to the same place.

A static business plan becomes obsolete almost as soon as it is written. On the other hand, an accurate map that’s measured and marked makes it easier to know where you are and how far you have to go.

A compass is better than a map, if you know where you are and where you want to go.

A set of guiding principles are better than an instruction manual. Good guiding principles are like a compass, empowering your people to apply common sense and make appropriate choices based on the circumstances. No manual can do this.

So, if you want to build a resilient business to thrive in any market condition:

Design workflows for every situation.

• Chart your course so your team knows where they are going.

• Create the principles to guide your people, so they don’t get lost.