Let me first give you a little background….
I worked for a great IT director, who moved to another company, much bigger, and brought me with him.
In the new company, he again was responsible for all IT, and he brought me along to manage security and disaster recovery.
If I named this company, at least 25% of you would recognize it, even those of you around the world–true story, too.
I was in my boss’ office with my boss and the outgoing IT director for a meeting. We were going to be briefed on the company disaster recovery plan.
The meeting began with me being introduced to the outgoing IT director. He then reached into his briefcase a pulled out a 1-inch binder.
He handed the binder to my boss and said, “Here’s the recovery plan. I hope it works for you as well as it did for me.”
My boss opened the binder and found only one printed page in it.
“You’ve got to be kidding, Sid,” my boss exclaimed (that’s a family version of his words).
“Hey, it worked for me,” the outgoing director said, as he walked toward the door. “Good luck.”
As the door closed, I turned to my boss. “What does it say?”
He shook his head and mentioned a few other non-family phrases.
Finally, he cleared his throat, and said, “Disaster Recovery Plan – Hand this binder to your successor before a disaster occurs.”
I kid you not.