Now, the schedule begins to interfere seriously with my personal time. Luckily, no interference with other meetings; the schedule is still robust enough. Robustness, as eloquently described by Nassim Taleb is a great concept in risk management. Systems should be designed in such a way that they are inherently safe. For my flights it means I needed to schedule a whole day for a three hour meeting. The rest of the day is filled with calls and emails (and a lot of waiting in the meantime).
I am sure this is not what is meant with well-designed robustness. Businesspeople are far too goal-driven in their affairs to accept such safety nets in their normal course of business. Are they? The whole plane seems to be full with businessmen in the same position as I am. Why accept it for plane rides, and not adopt it in business risk management. Did I feel the plane start moving? Seems we are on our way.