Friday 25 January 2013

The best best bad plan that we got

I enjoyed going to the cinema last Saturday night to see a film called ARGO. This Oscar nominated film tells the based-on-true-life tale of how CIA agent Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) extracted six American diplomats from the Canadian Embassy in Tehran. Mendez’s plan to get them out is to create cover identities for the diplomats as a film crew for an in-production science fiction film.

There are a myriads of problems with this plan, not the least of which is that it depends on putting a fake science fiction film into production in order to fool the Iranian security forces who are scouring the capital to capture the stray Americans. The film gets it biggest laugh from the discomfort this plan raises in the Washington bureaucrats and the open-minded embrace from Mendez’s two Hollywood partners.

Once inside the meeting with Vice President, the politician is skeptical and openly wonders if they don’t have better a better, to which Mendez replies, “This is the best bad plan we’ve got.”

It got me thinking about COLPs (sad but true). Even if you have a poor Compliance Plan............a bad plan is better than none at all.

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