A changing perspective on the event horizon

Don’t know about you but I’ve been spending quite a bit of time lately in a socially distant mode. When the Wired magazine showed up, I thought “What a great distraction!”. I then saw that it was totally dedicated to climate change. It was a distraction, but not in the way I expected.

That topic of climate change (though important) seems less of a priority in these trying times. With the stock market and the economy in shambles and the grocery store shelves relatively empty around here – strategic issues pale in comparison.

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is coming into play like most of us have never experienced. There was a CNBC article a few months back stating that 40% of the world’s countries will witness civil unrest in 2020. We will likely look back and view that as optimistic. Be prepared: plan for the worst and hope for the best.

Good luck out there – stay safe. Get some projects done that you’ve never been able to concentrate on before.

Is the Corona Virus a wakeup call for business continuity?

The increasing spread of the Coronavirus is a great opportunity for companies to revise their Business Continuity Plans (BCPs). In my experience, too often BCPs focus on just the IT aspect of business disruption and not on the situations most likely to disrupt a large multinational organization (trade, human work force disruption…)

Living in a retirement community provide a unique insight into the reaction of groups of people to disruptive events like this and the recommendations provided by the CDC. Though there is a very slim likelihood for major disruption for a small, isolated group like where I live, some are already talking about hording long shelf-life foodstuffs. It is just part of human nature, but corporations don’t think that way.

Getting senior management to understand the impact of large numbers of staff being quarantined, working from home or out of work sick can help rethink the different approach required for a real BCP. Back when I worked for Electronic Data Systems, I was part of a group of folks who went through a similar exercise reacting to the SARS virus, for a number of organizations – back around the turn of this century.

This current concern brings back memories of those heady days.