At Easter 1916 a group of revolutionaries failed to overthrow British rule in Ireland.  After a gun-battle several were killed but more were taken prisoner.  These men were sentenced to death and executed by firing squad.

Many historians believe that this execution was a political mistake.  They say it made martyrs of them, whereas in jail they would have been regarded as failures.  This event poisoned Anglo-Irish relations for generations, making an amicable resolution to the Irish Question (or the British question from another point of view) almost impossible.

This is an example of turning a misfortune into a catastrophe.  It is one of the lessons I did not include in my book “Be Victorious! – Lessons from World War I for business and everyday life”.

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When things go wrong in your business, do you have plans in place for damage limitation or do you pour petrol on the flames?  Perhaps you need to conduct a Risk Management survey.