When disasters hit, are plans important?

Yes, no and maybe. It depends on what you think “plans” are.

If having documentation in place which prescribes things to do – and looks a bit like the FROM column below – constitutes a “plan” – then NO.

If having arrangements in place which will support you to assess impact, make informed decisions and implement those decisions effectively – and looks a bit like the TO column below – constitutes a “plan” – then YES.

I recently completed a “submission form” for our business
– and answered “NO”

Why did I answer “NO”?

Because we rely on an agile approach to business continuity.

We live under the TO column (in the above Table).

Our invitation? Engage – Explore the problem space with us
Reference: McKinsey & Company

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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