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Ways and Means for Managing Up by F. William Smullen

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Prepare Now for Crisis

Most of us have either heard of or used the expression Murphy’s Law: “If something can go wrong, it will.” Actually, there was a Murphy, Major Edward A. Murphy, Jr., an American aerospace engineer who worked on safety-critical systems for the air force in the 1940s and 1950s. It is for him that the phrase was coined. When some high-speed rail tests went wrong at Wright-Patterson Field in Ohio, Murphy said, “If there is more than one way to do a job and one of those ways will result in disaster, then someone will do it that way.”

Murphy was associated with crisis and found that it’s not if but when a crisis will occur. ...

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