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Regina Phelps: February 2021 COVID, Vaccine, and Variant Update

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Regina Phelps: February 2021 COVID, Vaccine, and Variant Update

Join me Feb 25/21 at 9am EST!

My regular chat with Regina Phelps about the latest in vaccines, variants, and COVID. We touch on what might be in store for us in the coming months and how the variants could disrupt things going forward. We also touch on some of the considerations organizations must have when considering a ‘Return to the Office’. It’s not as simple as communications or scheduling people to return. We have to ask the question ‘Why do you need to return now?’ Educational as always – don’t miss it!

Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/covid-vaccine-tracker-global-distribution/?srnd=coronavirus&sref=kHybx9Dp

Harvard Healthy Buildings https://forhealth.org/

P1 Variant Resurgence of COVID-19 in Manaus, Brazil, despite high seroprevalence https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00183-5/fulltext

The Amazonian city that hatched the Brazil variant has been crushed by it https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/01/27/coronavirus-brazil-variant-manaus/

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A Practical Guide to Building Supply Chain Resilience w/ Paul Raw

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A Practical Guide to Building Supply Chain Resilience w/ Paul Raw

Join me September 16, 2021 at 9am EST!

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 risk identification and risk management practices. Paul will also talk about he Resiliency Cycle (Prevention, Mitigation, Preparation, Response, Recovery) using real-world examples and some personal experiences. Paul takes Supply Chain Management and Resiliency into a much more detailed world.

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Know Yourself, Know Your Stuff, Know Your Systems (Dr Aart Anhal)

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Know Yourself, Know Your Stuff, Know Your Systems (Dr Aart Anhal)

Join me September 9/21, at 9am EST!

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 organization resilience. Dr. Anhal will also provide some insights and tips for how managers and leaders can use feedback – often seen as a negative thing – to help their team members focus on and play to their strengths. Dr. Anhal helps us understand how these psychological aspects helps organizations deal with crisis situations, and to help build strong crisis team leaders and members.

An enlightening episode you don’t want to miss.

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Future Proof Business Continuity Audits

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Future Proof Business Continuity Audits

Join me September 2, 2021 at 9am EST!

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 with incident investigations, and even the differences between auditing documentation and applications. Mark will also help us prepare for an audit by providing some tips on what kinds of documentation and information Audit seeks. Make the Audit department your ally, and listen in to learn how Audit can help bolster your BCM programs.

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Smart Cities (w/ Dr. Jacqui Taylor)

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Smart Cities (w/ Dr. Jacqui Taylor)

Join me July 15, 2021 at 9am EST!

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 on the benefits of a Smart City and identifies the misconceptions about the top and describing how to recognize a Smart City by not ‘seeing’ the technologies behind it. It’s the next logical step in our development as a community and as a nation(s). An very interesting discussion not to be missed.

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Adaptive Business Continuity – Part 5

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Adaptive Business Continuity – Part 5

Join me June 3/21 at 9am EST!

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 AdaptiveBC and embrace new ways of performing BC activities and why. We’ll also talk about some of the ‘soft’ skills that BC professionals will need to address moving forward. As always, it’s an exciting chat that makes you really think about where our profession stands and where it might need to go moving forward.

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Crisis Management with Stuart Hotchkiss

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Crisis Management with Stuart Hotchkiss

Join me March 18/21 at 9am EST!

Crisis Management isn’t always what you think it is and not everything that happens to your organization is a crisis. Join me, as I speak with recognized Crisis Management and Business Continuity expert and author, Stuart Hotchkiss. We’ll talk about what defines a crisis, the Crisis Management Team (CMT), and who should be part of the team and their roles and responsibilities. Stuart will also describe the Crisis Management policy and what it must – and must not – contain, along with a discussion on checklists, CMT testing, and the situation report. Stuart shakes off some of the preconceived notions of Crisis Management, so don’t miss this episode. ENJOY!

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GLOOM to BLOOM

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GLOOM to BLOOM

Join me Mar 4/21, 9am EST as I chat with global risk, ethics and governance strategist, and author, Andrea Bonime-Blanc.

‘Gloom to Bloom’: How Leaders Transform Risk into Resilience and Value’ is the latest book by Andrea Bonime-Blanc (Routledge, 2020). I chat with noted global risk, ethics and governance strategist, and author, Andrea Bonime-Blanc about some of the key megatrends that are affecting today’s business world, including the trend to increase the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the considerations related to it. We’ll also talk about how categorizing risks using ESG&T considerations (environment, societal, governance, technology) can assist organizations in creating opportunities from risk to create a stronger sense of resilience – and value. Finally, Andrea will discuss the role of leadership and how they can transform risk ESG&T risk into resilience and value for clients, customers, partners, suppliers, and employees.

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COVID-19: Business Response, Recovery, and Sustainability

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COVID-19: Business Response, Recovery, and Sustainability

Join me Feb 4/21, 9am EST as I speak to renown industry expert, entrepreneur, trainer, and author, Geary Sikich.

Geary touches on some key themes relating to COVID, from Supply Chain Mgmt. to Risk Management to the growing needs for an ‘all-hazards’ approach to help build resilience, Be sure to tune in and listen to Geary’s incredible insights on COVID-19, and the future of the Risk and Business Continuity Management industries, including how Governments and the Private sector will need to work together going forward.

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Will Technology’s Next Big Innovation Be Your Company’s Downfall?

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Will Technology’s Next Big Innovation Be Your Company’s Downfall?

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This blog is provided by Terry Jones, founder of Travelocity.com and founding chairman of Kayak.com. It is a companion to his interview on Innovating Leadership, Co-creating Our Future titled Can Your Business Survive the Rapid Advance of Technology? that aired on June 9th, 2020.

 

It’s a scenario that gets played over and over in the corporate world.

One moment a company is riding high, the next it’s struggling to exist, its business model disrupted by new technology and a failure to keep up with an ever-changing competitive landscape.

Take as just one example Nokia, which at one time ruled the roost in the mobile-phone market, able to boast in the late 1990s that it was the world’s largest cellphone maker.

But when Apple introduced its iPhone in 2007, Nokia proved too slow to adapt as the market, the technology and the competition began to evolve all around it. Over the next several years, Nokia became an also-ran in an industry it previously dominated.

History is replete with similar stories, and you can expect more in the future as technology continues to advance at a head-spinning rate, says Terry Jones, founder of Travelocity.com, co-founder of Kayak.com, and author of the new book Disruption OFF: The Technological Disruption Coming for Your Company and What to Do About It (www.tbjones.com).

“Our constantly changing world is disrupting what many businesses do, whether it’s photography, the book industry, the music industry or many others,” Jones says. “In the business world, change is inevitable, but success is optional.”

“Technological change can come quickly. For example, 90% of hearing aids are now produced by 3D printing and that change happened in just four years. Companies that didn’t make the change are no longer with us.”

That doesn’t mean any particular company is necessarily doomed, though.

“There are a surprising number of 100-year-old companies out there,” he says. “Most of the ones I’ve talked to have mastered the ability to shed their old skin and renew themselves when required.”

Jones says a few ways businesses can avoid becoming a disruption casualty include:

  • Be willing to take risks. “Your company was probably founded on risk, but you don’t take risks anymore,” Jones says. “But you have to take risks to move forward.” He says he speaks with many corporations that are envious of the speed with which Silicon Valley startups make decisions. “These nimble companies are constantly trying, failing, changing and moving on,” Jones says. “Disruption is in their DNA. Most larger corporations are not like that. They generally are deliberative, risk averse and ponderously slow. They focus on delivery more than discovery. That approach might have worked in a time of limited disruption, but not today.”
  • Create a culture open to new ideas. “Many businesses are stuck in corporate pinball,” Jones says. By that he means this: Each time someone dreams up a new idea, that idea gets bounced from department to department, as if its hitting the bumpers of a giant pinball machine. Each department finds a reason to say “no” to the idea, which eventually ends up in the gutter. “You have to stop closing the door and saying, ‘No,’ ” Jones says. “Your job is to get the idea to the finish line. To get it over, to say, ‘Yes.’ ”
  • Become a disrupter yourself. In this world of disruption, it’s unlikely your largest competitor will be your undoing, Jones says. The problem is those 5,000 to 6,000 new startups per year that are attacking the traditional world. “You need to put their ideas to work and become a disruptor yourself,” he says. “Disruption and innovation really are two sides of the same coin. You just call it a disruption because you didn’t do it.”

“A company may currently be strong and it may be run by intelligent executives, but the question is whether it’s adaptable enough to change,” Jones says. “Even more important, is the company proactively preparing for change? If so, it’s more likely to survive and maybe even thrive.”

 

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About the Author

Terry Jones (www.tbjones.com), founder of Travelocity.com and founding chairman of Kayak.com, is author of the new book Disruption OFF: The Technological Disruption Coming for Your Company and What to Do About It. For the last 15 years he’s been speaking and consulting with companies on innovation and disruption. Jones began his career as a travel agent, jumped to two startups and then spent 20 years at American Airlines, serving in a variety of management positions including Chief Information Officer. While at American he led the team that created Travelocity.com, served as CEO for six years, and took the company public. After Travelocity he served as Chairman of Kayak for seven years until it was sold to Priceline for $1.8 billion.

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