Preparing for the Unexpected

Preparing for the Unexpected

Preparing for the Unexpected is about how people, organizations and communities plan, prepare, test, communicate and respond to sudden unplanned events such as natural and manmade disasters and crises. The show is for everyone who wants an understanding of how plans are created for individuals, organizations and communities and for anyone who wants to know what they can do in their own lives to help protect themselves from unexpected events. There is a myth that disasters happen to others but in reality, they happen to everyone. It's just a matter of when and how well-prepared you are. The greater the level of awareness, communication and knowledge, the quicker one bounces back from adversity. The overall aim of Preparing for the Unexpected is to reduce the suffering, effects and impacts caused as a result of disasters and unexpected life events by increasing knowledge and awareness of Business Contingency and Disaster Planning and related activities.

Episodes

October 14, 2021 51 min
Well-being is in the midst of a revolution and the more organizations understand wellbeing - what it is, what it's not - better they and their workforces become. I speak with Occupational Health & Safety and Well-being expert Kate Field to talk about well-being and what it really encompasses. As Kate puts it, well-being is not just yogurt and yoga and you'll have to listen to know what that means. Kate will talk to us...
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Resilience isn't just about technology components are available or ensuring business operations continue, it's also about personal resilience. I speak with resilience expert and the creator and host of the popular podcast RESILIENCEPOD, Rina Singh. Rina will talk to us about four (4) key tips organizations and individuals can foster to help build a sense of resiliency by developing relationships in our professional and pe...
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming a key component in many components of our daily lives and that includes Technology Plans and Business Continuity Management. I talk with longtime security expert Agnidipta (Agni) Sarkar about how AI can help the BC industry in the future and what AI is doing for us now. Agni will also talk to us about Cyber Resilience, and how it differs from Cybersecurity. He will provide an overview of w...
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It's our September 2021 update with Regina Phelps on all things related to the global pandemic. This month we talk about: a) the current state of COVID around the globe, b) the latest happenings with the need (or not) for booster shots, c) vaccine 'passports' and why they are being implemented, d) the progression of the Delta variant and the impacts to the young and school systems, and, e) considerations for the up...
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Supply Chain Management and building resiliency within your supply chain is more than thinking about finding alternate suppliers. I talk with recognized Supply Chain Management industry expert Paul Raw, about what really makes up a good Supply Chain Management system and the considerations that organizations often overlook - or don't even know about. We'll touch on how the supply chain can be managed effectively using ris...
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Do you want to be better at what you do? Do you want stronger Organizational Resilience? Do you want stronger Risk Management practices? Join me as I talk with Dr. Aarti Anhal about how we can use personal reflection to help us increase our personal resilience, reach our optimal performance, and increase organizational resilience. Dr. Anhal will also provide some insights and tips for how managers and leaders can use feedback - of...
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September 2, 2021 51 min
Audit is not the bad thing many would believe. Audit can actually help us with our Business Continuity Management (BCM) programs to develop stronger response plans and incident investigations. I talk with IT Audit expert Mark Fenech, who will provide insights on how BCM - and an organization in general - can leverage Audit practices and personnel. We'll chat about recommendations vs observations, where Audit can get involved w...
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It's my monthly update with expert Regina Phelps and we touch on a few subjects this month: a) where we are now with COVID, b) where we are with variants (and vaccine-resistant vaccines), c) health care workers, d) the world unvaccinated, e) the new COVID impacts upon the young, and f) a brief introduction to Long COVID. This episode is not about 'bunnies-and-rainbows' - it an open and honest real-world view of where w...
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Organizational Resilience is so much more than what we think. Have you ever thought about Diversity & Inclusion (D&I), as being a contributing factor to creating a sense of resiliency? Join me as I talk with award-winning diversity and inclusion expert Lucile Kamar, as we chat about D&I; what it is, how you can contribute to it, and how to recognize it. We'll also learn about how our unconscious biases contribute ...
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Part 2 of my talk with Dr. Gavriel Schneider on Presilience. Presilience is a different way of viewing resilience, in individuals and organizations. Join me as I talk with acknowledged subject matter expert on human centric and Integrated Risk Management, Safety and Security, Dr. Gavriel Schneider. Dr. Schneider has extensive senior level management and leadership experience, and talks to us about how the current compliance-based ...
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Organizational Resilience does not come about by working in silos. Join me, as I talk with resilience and crisis leadership expert Caroline Sapriel, as we discuss how we can connect different groups to create strong crisis leadership and build a sense of organizational resilience. Caroline touches on such topics as: 1) common themes in crises, 2) After Action Reports, 3) Crisis Preparedness, 4) distinguishing between sudden and ...
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If you have doubts or questions about COVID19 and vaccines (the facts and myths), and want to know more about the new the Delta Variant taking hold around the globe, then this is the 'Preparing for the Unexpected' episode you must not miss. I speak with internationally recognized expert Regina Phelps (who was also a nurse), who puts everything into perspective. If you have fears of getting a vaccine, Regina breaks it down f...
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In December 20219, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK published a paper that ...Firms identify their important business services and apply resilience impact tolerances. This has can have a significant impact upon an organization's supply chain and ensuring compliance with the FCA directive. I speak with Sarah Garrington who will outline the compliance requirements contained within the FCA publication and what organ...
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July 15, 2021 56 min
What is a Smart City? In an increasingly chaotic and disruptive world of technology, I talk to Dr. Jacqui Taylor, one of 2019’s Global Leaders and a top 10 global Internet of Things innovator. Dr. Taylor will share her global work as the world’s first Smart City Tsar and define what makes up a Smart City and the considerations, and extensive work required, needed to make cities - and nations - Smart. Dr. Taylor provides us clarity...
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Presilience is a different way of viewing resilience, in individuals and organizations. Join me as I talk with acknowledged subject matter expert on human centric and Integrated Risk Management, Safety and Security, Dr. Gavriel Schneider. Dr. Schneider has extensive senior level management and leadership experience, and talks to us about how the current compliance-based resiliency approach of organizational leaders needs to chang...
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The profession of Emergency Management isn't always recognized the same way around the globe, neither is Emergency Management certification. I speak with Officer Russell Dippy, the Emergency Management Coordinator for the South Australia Police about the state of Emergency Management in Australia. We'll define the differences between Incident Management, Emergency Management, and Disaster Management, and Russell will also ...
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It's that time again! It's my monthly discussion with recognized BCM industry expert Regina Phelps. For this month we mix it up a bit and talk about what the pandemic means to the field of Business Continuity, how to promote what BC professionals do and offer organization's, and how we can show Value on Investment (VOI). As always, we start off with a quick update on the status of COVID-19 and vaccine's around the ...
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As Business Continuity Professionals, it's important we keep ourselves up to date on the latest methodologies, incident learnings, and happenings in our industry. I speak with noted industry expert Russ Parramore, FBCI about the Business Continuity Institute's (BCI) Continuous Professional Development (CPG) program. We learn about what CPD is, it's function, and the benefits it offers today's professions. Russ wi...
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What does a Business Continuity Management Systems (BCMS) entail? Join me as I talk with Business Continuity expert Jacopo Capparelli, as he provides insight on what a BCMS program entails. Jacopo will provide some insights on how the 'Analysis' phase of the BCMS is often mismanaged and how it can be improved using technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI). We'll also touch on the key Contingency Resources that all ...
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Join me as I speak to Dr. David Lindstedt and Mark Armour about the the latest happenings with the AdaptiveBC movement, as well as how the Business Continuity industry is changing. We'll touch on such things as Risk Management, the need to stop focusing on known scenarios and their impacts, and the problems with 'plans'. David and Mark will also talk about how industry professionals are beginning to take notice of the...
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