Disaster Proof

Scenario Planning for a Post-Pandemic Future

Nothing has rocked the foundations of the world, including the business world, more than the COVID-19 pandemic. As businesses struggle and often flounder to cope, many business leaders are wondering how to deal with the unpredictable. How do you plan for something you can’t predict? Strategist Lance Mortlock says you can, and you should. In this practical and accessible guide, he shows how scenario planning can identify risks and uncertainties and predict a variety of different realities that will affect the future of any organization. He gives business leaders the tools to understand the forces emerging in a volatile, rapidly changing world so organizations are better prepared than their competitors to deal with them. This guide can be used by industries, the military, even governments, and, if executed properly, it will prepare leaders for every kind of unexpected challenge, from dramatic changes in commodity prices to wars and terrorist attacks and even pandemics.

This book will help business leaders:

  • Gain an earlier view of long-term forces that will affect their organizations performance
  • Be better prepared for future disasters on the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Ensure that strategies are properly tested and ready for any eventuality
  • Stretch their mental models around wider future focused options


book specs

6" x 9" hardcover, 260 pp.


$35.00 (Hardcover)


978-1-988025-61-2 (Hardcover)

release date

January 28, 2021

media contact

Sarah Barlow Scottsarah@barlowbooks.com



The past years show that the world is still susceptible to global shocks that disrupt business, nations, and our lives. Lance Mortlock delivers timely and valuable lessons on scenario planning to prepare for both the best of times and the worst of times.

Ramez NaamAmerican Futurist & Co-Chair, Energy and EnvironmentSingularity University

As a professor for over 30 years teaching corporate strategy, I can only commend you on your book. In our turbulent and uncertain world, scenario planning is the best way to prepare for our future.

Klaus SchwabFounder and Executive ChairmanWorld Economic Forum

Timely and refreshing … An informative, amusing, and thought-provoking read that is full of steadying good sense for these troubled times. Lance Mortlock’s latest book is full of clear, wise advice that anyone can follow—and everyone should—especially when they are thrown a curve in the game of life. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan DhirajCEO and Editorial DirectorCEOWORLD magazine


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