Are Templates Procrustean Beds?

The story of the “generous” Procrustes is an illustrative one.

After offering hospitality to those in need, Procrustes either stretched the limbs of the short to fit his bed – or hacked those of the long, again, to fit his bed.

Too often we see “guides” and “standards” parading as flexible tools – but with a prescribed and narrow approach aligned to a politically preferred approach or even, a preferred result!

When there is a failure to start with an appreciation of context, such narrow, indeed blind-sided approaches, are disrespectful.

Templates – and other heuristic devices – can be dangerous

Recognising the “real” KISS – keeping it short and simple – and starting with an appreciation of context with templates that guide good risk management processes – we are pleased to make available an integrated set of three templates (available globally for just US$10 each, or US$25 a bundle). The Complete Risk Management Toolkit – is a 1.3 MB bundle available with free shipping on a wafer USB card comprising (a) a nine step risk assessment and treatment template; (b) a business continuity template; and (c) an emergency management plan for facilities template.

Author: John Salter Consulting Services

John Salter - owner of John Salter Consulting Services - specialising in the facilitation of risk-based capability reviews; needs-based training; business continuity planning; crisis management exercises; and organisational debriefing. Recognised for “preventing disasters, or where that is not possible, reducing the potential for harm” Ref: Barrister H Selby, Inquest Handbook, 1998. Distracted by golf, camping, fishing, reading, red wine, movies and theatre.

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