Let’s face it. Organizational resilience, business continuity & disaster recovery program management requires buy-in from the entire organization, from the top down, across all departments & across external service partners & providers. Everyone needs to understand how they fit into organizational operations during normal day-to-day operations & also during a disruptive event. Without buy-in, even the best laid resilience plan won’t work.
Ok. So now how do you get buy-in? I suggest these five for building executive buy-in of your organizational resilience management program:
- Step 1: Define Organizational Resilience specific to your industry/organization
- Step 2: Determine a baseline
- Step 3: Play by the rules! (Know your regulations)
- Step 4: Conduct a business impact analysis
- Step 5: Money talks! Quanify the financial impact
Step 1: Define Organizational Resilience or Business Continuity specific to your organization or industry.
Why? Every organization has unique needs & priorities that vary based on the industry, physical location, reliance on resources such as data & supplies or other aspect. For example, a hospital has an immediate focus on their customers (patients) which a manufacturing company clearly doesn’t need to consider. Just as a manufacturing company may need to take a look at supply chain management more aggressively than a consulting organization does.