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… Read More
Several costs come to mind. First – and strategically significant – is the loss of trust. The tarnishing of image. Trust is important when it comes to safety. When the safety risk is imposed by a faulty “safety feature”, then importance is increased exponentially. Second, sound management is something which ought to be able to… Read More
Before identifying options / solutions, first ensure a shared understanding of your objectives. The scope of the decision should be determined within the context of your organisational objectives. Identify your stakeholders (both internal and external) in relation to the scope of this decision and consider their concerns, issues and expectations. Core to the scope will… Read More
Widely recognised as a Leunig classic, his biting cartoon highlights the need for good decision making.
The adage cautions against putting all of your eggs in one basket. A key food with many vulnerabilities. Manage your business continuity risks
It would be useful if the business continuity plan for Resilience NSW was used transparently to rebuild the jigsaw based on achieving objectives. Or am I too much of an optimist?
Addressing the “onion layers” – the underlying “why” – is an effective way of managing risk. It is YOUR VULNERABILITY. There is limited value in “leading the witness”. Far better to stimulate your reflection and considerations – of your context. It is in that spirit the whimsical images, prompts, and references below are provided. Concept:… Read More
In Melbourne on the weekend I was nearly “cleaned up” a couple of times with near miss e scooter incidents. So I thought I’d do a quick check on some questions around whether it’s an issue in Melbourne – and elsewhere. The answer is YES In England In Adelaide A hazard – whispering up behind… Read More
One of the most interesting themes was Professor Howden highlighting the need for well thought through criteria to be applied to decision making.
Interesting to see how the politicians dressed for the recent NSW floods. They get it. Sometimes, small things become big things. President Bush and his public relations team got it – the new head of FEMA (Michael Brown) didn’t get it. Consequently, it has become an iconic image of how NOT to dress – especially… Read More
… differently exposed … differently vulnerable … differently impacted Check the app – https://apple.co/3u47UNw
This story – from Matt Damon – about Tom Cruise is bemusing because it is about “your risk” – risk you control. However socially imposed risk – especially risk imposed by those with wealth, power, and status, is more problematic. Regardless, both cases call for good decision making. #risky #decisions #decisionmakingprocess https://apps.apple.com/au/app/decision-making-app/id1626271695
Caveat Emptor generally applies to commercial transactions such as property purchases. However the recent embarrassing fiasco around the Onkaparinga Council decision to appoint Alastair Dawson as their CEO begs a number of “in principle” related questions.
Enjoying Paramount’s 1883 with lessons left, right and centre. Business continuity 101 – in an extreme event adjust your load – trim your sails – reconfigure.
Some things change … some things don’t. Cleaning out old stuff – in this case, some plastic overhead transparency slides (remember them) associated with some planning consultancies and teaching at the Australian Counter Disaster College (yes, AC/DC) – 1987 to 1998. The “Risk as a function of the interface between hazards and vulnerability” lives on… Read More
How does management have confidence to sign off on Business Continuity Software? Listening to sales pitches characterised by: Bells and whistles. Shiny new toys. Smoke and mirrors. is too often a management burden. I suggest keeping it simple with a couple of considerations.
How do you recognise and address your vulnerabilities to disasters? We are all exposed to different hazards. To different disasters. We are all differently vulnerable. The internationally respected Standard on Continuity, Emergency, and Crisis Management (NFPA 1600) defines risk as a measure of the probability and severity of adverse effects that result from exposure to… Read More
Hi – just dropping this post in response to “the needs of old schoolers” – who, while they like our free apps (OughtWe decision-maker, and Agile Business Continuity), prefer the comfort – and familiarity – of files they know (such as Word and Excel) – and have therefore requested I make them available at nominal… Read More
I’m looking for some feedback on whether the soon to be released Damocles Risk Assessor App should have seperate screens for before and after impact risk – or should they be on the one screen?