Mods please move if needed. This morning I was afflicted with Tourrettes at my car radio when they had the Kubiak of sports journalism John McClain on 610. He was adamant that there would be no coaching changes at all in the offseason due to the lockout. He went so far to say this not only applied to the Texans but the entire league. This prompted my screaming. WTH does he know about a lockout, strike or any other work stoppage? Has he ever worked for a company that has had to negotiate labor agreements? Has he ever negotiated a labor contract? Has he ever walked a freaking picket line or more than 10 steps without stopping for that matter? As someone who has experience in this area, I feel compelled to clear the air on work stoppage situations and labor negotiations. 1. You do not run your business based on what might happen in labor negotiations because they are very unpredictable. What my have been a deal breaker last week may flip into a minor issue next week.People change their minds. So it is impossible to predict if there will be a work stoppage or not. 2. Even if both sides appear to dig in you continue daily operations as usual. Do you make contingency plans? Yes. Do you train your non-affected staff on work stoppage operations? Absolutely. However, until a work stoppage happens, you still close the big sale. You still hire that needed clerk in the mail room, you still allow employees to schedule vacations. You do not alter your operations out of fear. If you do, your competitor will kill you and use your situation to their advantage. If the Texans or any other team starts operating based on what might happen, then prepare for a very bad season. You don't keep an underachieving employee because you might need a warm body to occupy the position in the event of a work stoppage. You go ahead and make the change. In the end, it will work out better in the long run if you go ahead and close that big sale irregardless of your labor situation.