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Improving Supply Chain Resilience with Suppliers (w/ Zera Zheng)

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Improving Supply Chain Resilience with Suppliers (w/ Zera Zheng)

Join me July 21/22 at 1pm EST!

Working with you suppliers is key if you want to create Supply Chain Resilience for your organization. I talk with the Head of Business Resilience Lead Logistics at Maersk, and BCI award winner, Zera Zheng.

Zera is very passionate about supply chain resilience and we have a very interesting talk, touching on such subjects as:

1. The elements of Supply Chain Resilience Management,

2. Supply Chain Mapping,

3. Contingency Options and Contingency Strategies (Acceptance, Reduce dependency, Work with Suppliers, Exit the relationship),

4. We get a real-life viewpoint of how Mearsk managed the Suez ‘ship’ crisis (You know the ship stuck in the canal),

5. 3 key areas of focus when supporting customers (Visibility, Alternative Solutions, Communications),

6. Supply chain resilience through collaboration, and more.

It’s a very interesting talk with some new perspectives on Supply Chain Management and Resilience. Enjoy!

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Minimizing Cyber-attack Impacts: Digital Supply Chain Management

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Minimizing Cyber-attack Impacts: Digital Supply Chain Management

Join me August 4/22 at 1pm EST!

There is allot of focus on our physical Supply Chains, but what about digital supply chains? I talk with long time lead auditor for ISO 9001, ISO 27001 and other standards, Willy Fabritius. Willy takes a different view of Supply Chain Management and talks about the digital aspects, rather than the traditionally focus of physical products and their supply chains. It’s a new perspective that hasn’t been fully talked about until now.

Willy talks about:

1. Defining digital supply chains,

2. Digital supply chain issues,

3. Products and Services obtained through a digital manner,

4. Impacts of digital changes to products already in use,

5. Key program components and possible solutions,

6. Risk Assessments / Analysis,

7. Regulatory requirements,

8. User awareness (People aren’t as aware as you might think.),

9. Incident management and learning from them,

10. Management Systems,

11. Independent reviews and assessments (Governance)…and more.

It’s a very informative talk with a focus many aren’t considering in Supply Chain Management; the digital aspects. Don’t miss this!

Enjoy!

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Is Bus. Continuity Really Becoming More Strategic? (w/ Luke Bird)

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Is Bus. Continuity Really Becoming More Strategic? (w/ Luke Bird)

Join me June 16, 2022 at 1pm EST! (Business Channel)

Business Continuity – is it strategic? That’s the question award-winning and globally recognized BCM industry professional, Luke Bird, asks in the recently published article “Is Business Continuity Really Becoming More Strategic”? Luke talks about the difference between strategic thinkers, and the traditional approach of being a ‘doer’.

In this episode we talk about:

a) Is Business Continuity becoming more strategic?

b) The difference between strategic and tactical thinking/acting

c) Strategic skills

d) A BCM voice at the boardroom table (Getting a voice heard, and how it usually ends up unfolding)

e) Aligning activities to Leadership (Mission, Vision, Values)

f) The BCI Global Report – The Future of Business Continuity (the report that started Luke’s Strategic’ line of thinking), and

g) What BCM professionals can do to start thinking strategically.

In the final segment, we touch on a subject important to Luke – Mental Health and Wellbeing. Luke inspires us to help bring this topic front and centre in the BCM/Resilience industry, as more and more professionals succumb to burnout and mental health challenges. He asks the question: ‘What do you do when the BCM/DR/Resilience professional can’t go on?”

It’s an enjoyable discussion with a great colleague. Enjoy!

Luke Bird Contact Information: resiliencerewire@gmail.com

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Supply Chain Mgmt & BC: Lessons Learned from Philippine MSMEs

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Supply Chain Mgmt & BC: Lessons Learned from Philippine MSMEs

Join me April 14, 2022 at 1pm EST on the Business Channel!

The COVID pandemic impacted everyone around the globe. No country or business has escaped its wrath. I speak with University Extension Specialist of the University of the Philippines Institute for Small-Scale Industries (UP ISSI), Joanna Rose Laddaran, who discusses ‘Inclusivity in Business Continuity and Supply Chain Resilience: Lessons from Philippine MSMEs’.

Joanna talk about:

1. Inclusivity in business

2. The definition of MSME (Micro, Small, Medium businesses)

3. Define the ECQ program and the impacts upon implementation

4. Philippine supply chain disruptions with a couple of case studies

5. Financial resources available to MSMEs for Post-Disaster Recovery

6. How to help MSMEs recovery from the effects of the COVID Pandemic

7. The meaning of HANDA and how promoting it has helped MSMEs

8. The lessons learned from promoting BCP amongst MSMEs

9. Strengthening partnerships and collaboration…and lots more.

We often hear about what’s happening in Europe, or North America. This episode sheds some light on activities and the lessons learned from the Philippines.

Enjoy!

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BCM & Risk Mgmt.: A Well-orchestrated ‘paso doble’ for Resilience

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BCM & Risk Mgmt.: A Well-orchestrated ‘paso doble’ for Resilience

Join me June 9, 2022 at 1pm EST on the Business Channel!

Business Continuity and Risk Management must work closely together, like two people in a well-orchestrated dance; a ‘paso doble’. I speak with Business Continuity and Risk Management expert Federica Maria Rita Livelli about how these two disciplines need to work in parallel to maintain synergy and unity.

In this episode Federica discusses:

1. Defines the likeness between disciplines and how they assist each other

2. Discusses strategies and resources that link the two disciplines together

3. The importance of the Business Impact Analysis and the Risk Assessment

4. Understanding the business

5. The resilience that can be created between the two

6. A holistic and harmonized approach to BC and Risk Mgmt.

7. Tips for practitioners to foster an ‘…environment… based on shared risk…culture, values, trust and collaboration’…and much more!

Enjoy!

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Guiding Leaders Through the Worst Days of the Business Lives

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Guiding Leaders Through the Worst Days of the Business Lives

Join me June 2, 2022 at 1pm EST on the Business Channel!

Being a corporate business leader can be tough. “Mishandled crises can devastate businesses, lives and livelihoods” (Hemus, 2020) I talk with internationally recognized crisis leadership expert and author, Jonathan Hemus, as we talk about what good leaders need to understand, know, and react, when disasters and crises strike.

We talk about:

1. The challenging risk landscape (health, economies…)

2. Securing executive buy-in

3. What organizations need have – and do – pre-crisis?

4. How to create a Crisis-Resilient Culture

5. The common flaws in crisis response

6. The golden rules for a successful crisis response

7. Michael McCain’s response to the Maple Leaf food crisis, and more.

It’s an informative discussion about a serious subject, and yet very open and accessible to people that might not be fully versed on crisis leadership. We might even have a comment or two about Aston Villa. Enjoy!

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Bus. Continuity Mgmt.: A Guide to Org. Resilience and ISO 22301

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Bus. Continuity Mgmt.: A Guide to Org. Resilience and ISO 22301

Join me May 19, 2022 at 1pm EST!

Sometimes the size and scale of Business Continuity Management (BCM) can be intimidating – to people in our own industry and to those trying to understand the industry. I speak with noted expert and author of ‘Business Continuity Management: A Practical Guide to Organizational Resilience and ISO 22301’, James Crask.

For this episode we talk about:

1. Defining resilience,

2, What can be learned from international standards (the benefits and the pitfalls),

3. Lessons for the BCM and resilience industries from COVID19,

4. Establishing governance in BCM and Resilience,

5. Writing plans and procedures (and what to do with the ‘fluff’), and

6. Exercising our plans – and who should be involved. And much more!

James helps bring clarify to many key BCM topics to enable any professional and organization thrive in their BCM and resilience programs. Enjoy!

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Here Comes Climate Change for Business Continuity Professionals

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Here Comes Climate Change for Business Continuity Professionals

Join me May 12, 2022 at 1PM EST!

Climate Change is one of – if not the most – important issue facing individuals, communities, organizations, and the world today. It’s become a key component that many Business Continuity (BC) professionals must address; from the Risk Analysis (RA) to the Business Impact Analysis (BIA), to preparedness and response plans.

I talk with noted industry expert Margaret Millett about what BC professionals can do to address Climate Change concerns in their organizations.

We talk about:

1. Historical Information (cities, species…),

2. Risks and Impacts,

3. The challenge facing the BC profession and professional,

4. Considerations for organizations,

5. What opportunities exist for the BC industry/professional?,

6. Getting ahead of the Climate Change risk,

7. The Risk Analysis (RA) and Business Impact Analysis (BIA),

8. Policy and standards,

9. Company response (Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, Recovery),

10. Metrics,

11. Sharing information with Leadership and the Board of Directors…and more.

It’s an insightful discussion on how we as professionals, can address the challenges Climate Change posses us and our organizations. Enjoy!

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Psychology and Crisis Management with Gavin Freeman

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Psychology and Crisis Management with Gavin Freeman

Join me 1pm EST, May 5, 2022!

Being a leader is hard. It’s even harder during a crisis. I speak with psychologist and author, Gavin Freeman about leadership psychology as it pertains to crisis management. It’s quite insightful and at times, surprising.

We touch on:

1. The Ardent – Dreamworld Incident (Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? Outcome?),

2. The mind of the CEO – Upper Echelon of the CEO,

3. Regulatory Theory,

4. Promotional vs Preventative to Performance vs Preventative,

5. Behavioral Agency Theory,

6. Reputation Management,

7. Value = Insight + Tension (This is really interesting and worth a listen), and

8. What can leaders, professionals, and organizations do?

It’s a very interesting talk about psychology and crisis management, and Gavin does a great job of turning theory into something lite and understandable. It become clear quite quickly, that being a leader during a crisis is much more than following a plan. Enjoy!

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Women in Resilience with Rina Singh and Margaret Millet

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Women in Resilience with Rina Singh and Margaret Millet

Join me for a special episode: WOMEN IN RESILIENCE! February 17, 2022, 1pm EST!

A very special episode today; an episode I dedicate to my mum and aunt’s Kendall and Brenda. I talk with two inspiring woman involved with the Business Continuity Institute’s Women in Resilience committee; chair and co-chair respectively, Rina Singh (Host of ResiliencePod) and Margaret Millett.

In this episode we talk about:

a) Why the Women in Resilience initiative is important to me,

b) The women that have inspired me,

c) Challenges faced by women in the resilience industry,

d) The need for the Women in Resilience committee,

e) The committee’s goals, objectives, purpose,

f) Define what an ally is…and isn’t,

g) Resources and how people can get involved…and more.

You don’t want to miss this inspiring episode. Enjoy!

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