Smoke alarms buy you valuable time if there's a fire in your house. You can do the same and make your organization more proactive using these simple tools.
The phrase Black Swan is often used as shorthand for a very serious event but a true Black Swan is wholly unexpected. These are impossible to prepare for if we rely on previous experiences but we have other options.
Informed intuition is when you seem to be trusting your intuition but, in fact, you're recalling deeper experiences and patterns that are helping you make a decision. In short there are times when it's OK to trust your gut.
At the moment, we only have options to reduce our vulnerability to COVID-19 which is what relaxing constraints is based on. But the risk is ONLY reduced if we apply those measures that reduce our vulnerability or exposure. The other factors haven't changed or if they have, not in a meaningful way.
Risk and security managers are often faced with the difficult task of defending the success of a risk management program with little or no supporting evidence. Ironically, the more successful a risk management program is, the less evidence there can be to demonstrate its effectiveness.
Change is hard, and the transition from 'peacetime' to crisis is one of the hardest. Facing the spread of COVID-19, that's where many of us find ourselves today: struggling to adjust to the reality of what we are facing. That might be personally, within your family, or at an organizational level. However, I can't think … Continue reading Getting in the Fight: Transitioning to Crisis
By now, you will probably have picked up that I enjoy a good old risk assessment. However, there are times when you don't need a risk assessment to figure out what to prioritize. When something's staring you in the face, it's time to take action. So when a real crisis hits, the time for the … Continue reading A time for overwhelming action
In the children's book 'Not Now Bernard', a young boy tries to warn his parents about a monster in the yard, but they're too busy to pay attention. Sometimes risk managers can find themselves in the same situation,.
Don't assume that everything will go like clockwork. And remember, plans don't just work by themselves: you need to make them work.
Focus on your most severe risks? Not necessarily. You need to focus your attention on the most significant risks which are receiving the least amount of attention.