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Why True Enterprise Resiliency is the Responsibility of Top Executives

Written by  Ken Simpson, MBCI December 4, 2012

Congratulations, you have worked hard to reach your current position as a senior executive, so it is only fitting that you have been handed accountability for one of the most important capabilities for the future of your organization – to build and maintain resiliency across the entire enterprise. Resiliency, or resilience as it is more commonly referred to in Australia and Europe, is a subject that is increasingly discussed and explored in the boardroom. Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter of Harvard Business School wrote a review of lessons to be learned from events in the year 2010. Her essay listed the No. 1 lesson of the year as, “Surprises are the new normal. Resilience is the new skill.” Perhaps you thought resiliency was a subject for just the CIO or IT Department to address, or was it a problem that was simply addressed by purchasing some new software or installing new hardware? There

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