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Survival of the organization

Not all strongly adverse events require outside agency intervention – by first responders, say.

In these cases, your organization would cede site control to an outside commander until the public is safe.

In instances without public safety consequences, you and your colleagues will be – must be – ready immediately to manage the crisis and recover. If you have well designed, tried, and maintained plans in place, you have a strong chance to bring the best feasible results.

Survival of the organization will be in the hands of FM and your colleagues from partner departments, business units, and providers.

 

Webinar: What is the difference? Emergency Planning, Risk Management and Business Continuity.

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Education

It can’t be all that bad. We’re insured.

… We have data backups…

We can move to the other building, or set up in that closed restaurant up on High Street. Anybody recall who is managing that property now? If we can’t get the special windows from supplier X, supplier Y ought to be able to come up with enough until supplier X is normal again.

“… It can’t be all that bad. We’re insured …”

Reality check:

in the U.S., where material resources, transportation, and banking are available in good measure, official data show that 40% of businesses don’t reopen at all after a catastrophic event, 25% more fail within a year, and in two years shut downs reach 90%. Maybe we ought to put some effort into how to respond, rather than suppose that our reactions at the time will work just fine.

Does this make assessing threats, planning how to avoid problems, oversight of alternate facilities, testing communications, and conducting exercises and drills seem more attractive? Yes, if we have a unified way of organizing and budgeting these that convinces top management.

Stay tuned. That is where we are going.

Webinar: What is the difference? Emergency Planning, Risk Management and Business Continuity.

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Education

BCM goes beyond operations

Managing risk entails identifying, evaluating, prioritizing, and mitigating (where feasible), factors and circumstances that may turn out badly. Business continuity deals with potential effects, impacts, and consequences when they do.

Business Continuity Management (BCM) approaches both risk and its realization, coordinating and unifying planning and actions. A formal way of saying this is that BCM is a holistic management process with a framework to confer organizational resilience. Either way, the BCM viewpoint is to carry on business essentials and minimize effects on customers and suppliers.

BCM goes beyond operations.

The BCM approach extends to all critically important factors and activities, such as reputation and brand – any area that sustains value while the organization recovers from an adverse event.

 

Webinar: What is the difference? Emergency Planning, Risk Management and Business Continuity.

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Education, Webinar

First, gain some height with us and look down

First, gain some height with us and look down at your business or organization –

its milieu, processes, technology, facilities, personnel, sources and resources.

What could happen to disrupt things?

Maybe do a SWOT analysis, just to keep track. You will probably find plenty of threats and vulnerabilities, in various sizes and likelihoods. Any and all are risks, but some combine severity and likelihood strongly, pointing themselves out for your attention. Others not so much, but worth recognizing.

Got risks? What to do?

Two things, really, now, before something happens. Reduce the risks, most severe first, if you can, and be prepared to respond to minimize loss and disruption if the threat comes calling.

That’s easy to say, but threats and risks can be multiple and complicated. A management process to help assure organizational resilience can be your defense. The next blog sketches an overall process to manage business continuity, from risk to recovery.

 

Webinar: What is the difference? Emergency Planning, Risk Management and Business Continuity.

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Education, Webinar

Plan everything that you can!

Emergency response, crisis management, and recovery are rich in contingencies. That’s a nice way of saying that you will always have to make some things up as you go. The point is that these be as few and as minor as possible.

You cannot plan everything, but do plan everything that you can.

The central core of our webinar begins with a rigorous analysis of business impacts then proceeds IN DETAIL all the way through the response of your organization –what to plan and how to know if the plans work, before they have to work. We have exercises to do together as we go along.

Come wide awake without distractions or interruptions. Our pace is deliberate and the material trimmed carefully. Every bit nourishes. We look forward to serving you and justifying your close attention.

Webinar: What is the difference? Emergency Planning, Risk Management and Business Continuity.

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Education

What has changed in emergency planning, risk management, and business continuity?

What has changed in emergency planning, risk management, and business continuity?

Not the basics, but all three are substantially evolved, elaborated, and refined. (Uh oh, I read that as complicated, expensive, time taking, and slowing production…  Should I?)

We suggest instead that you would be working to assure personal and business survivability and to gain the comfort of having things under control, and likely to stay that way with due attention. Sure, much of life and business is luck, but to be lucky, a business needs to be around.Let’s have at it, while nothing has happened – yet. Next blog talks about what we can do before something does happen. After that, we will talk about after.

Until then relax with the thought of a hot water leak on the top floor, a smoky fire in a transformer space, or a live shooter. ‘Back shortly.

Webinar: What is the difference? Emergency Planning, Risk Management and Business Continuity.

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Education, Webinar

Want to get up to date?

Want to get up to date?

Emergency planning, risk management, and business continuity have grown into powerful, valuable, and entirely practical, areas of knowledge, skill, execution, and experience.

Organizations have long protected against losing people, facilities, resources, and business activity due to material, organizational and social/political disasters, mishaps and interruptions – at least the newsworthy ones. Many executives, managers, and staff provide alternative facilities, personnel, materials and equipment, insurance coverages, and communications for continuity of operations.

What could possibly be new in this clearly common sense area?

Quite a bit, actually, and most all of it deliberate, businesslike, and efficient in terms of practical experiences, hazards, and tradeoffs.

Want to get up to date? Join with us for several content filled hours about how emergency planning, risk management, and business continuity have matured to join into the regular flow of planned and budgeted business programs and projects in this webinar: What is the difference? Emergency Planning, Risk Management and Business Continuity.

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Education, Webinar

Whose webinar is this?

Whose webinar is this? It is yours, of course.

Everyone attending is a principal stakeholder. While that is true and essential, it probably isn’t what the question brings to mind. Stephen Brown of fm_adviso wrote and will present this webinar: What is the difference? Emergency Planning, Risk Management and Business Continuity

His purpose is to furnish a condensed, undiluted, up to date, and FM relevant view of the justifications, knowledge, methods, and results to be expected from modern emergency planning, risk management, and business continuity.

stephen-brownStephen has more than 25 years as an FM, in company with academic work that includes an MBA and advanced graduate studies. He is an International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Certified Facility Manager (CFM) and trainer. He holds and maintains an array of other professional credentials. Especially important for our purposes here, Stephen is a qualified trainer of the Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI.)

Stephen’s lively and career-long commitment to FM is evident in this engagement, with content that is plentiful and useful. Two of Stephen’s colleagues in Global Facility Management Alliance (GFMA), Markus Groll and David Reynolds, may assist.

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Education, Webinar

Well brought up KPIs don’t bite!

This is an overview over a Webinar held 2015-11-19 for the FMCC.

For more information visit www.fmcc-workplace.com

The term “performance measurement” may cause anxiety. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) can be collections of vague words that do not improve work. KPIs should show whether important work is going well. They should help, not threaten.
We can leave KPI troubles behind. KPIs should show how well important processes in FM
operations, programs, projects, or the building of staff capabilities, are progressing to meet strategies and needs. Closely related to KPIs are Key Risk Indicators (KRIs) that track threats against key processes and trigger responses.

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