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Is Your Toolbox Missing Consultants?

Written by  BRIAN ZAWADA, MBCP, MBCI January 6, 2011

Efficiently Building a Preparedness Capability While You Manage the Program Consultants are a key staffing tool that should be part of every organization’s toolbox to address resource constraints. Clearly, some organizations are appropriately staffed to address the development, management, and continuous improvement of business continuity programs. However, many have too much work for too few people. For these organizations, or for those lacking a specific skill necessary to meet organizational objectives, consultants provide a powerful opportunity to optimize staffing and enable rapid program development and improvement.Why Might You Need Consultants?It’s important to recognize that business continuity planning is a complex endeavor. Yes, business continuity is a relatively straightforward concept, but it takes a unique set of skills and experiences to be successful. These skills and experiences include: “Strategic” thinking Project and task management Analytics Communications (verbal and written), and in many cases, with an emphasis on selling ideas and concepts Process understanding Business and/or technical acumen Specialized concepts,

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