COVID is not a Black Swan event

Who could have predicted COVID?  Just about any risk manager worth their salt.  The producers of the movie Contagion in 2011 did an outstanding job of foreshadowing the events that are unfolding today.  So, why are we clambering to call this a black swan?  Simple, it provides a scapegoat for system-wide failures. If there is Read more about COVID is not a Black Swan event[…]

Coronavirus Phase 3 – Returning to normal

It’s a funny thing.  As late as December, some of my clients’ employees were still snarky about their emergency plans.  Questioning why we need to plan for active shooters and how ridiculous pandemics are.  Citing that SARS, Swine and other illnesses never truly made it to us. Making jokes about aliens swooping us up. Now Read more about Coronavirus Phase 3 – Returning to normal[…]

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Is risk management everyone’s responsibility? No way, Jose.

In an effort to include everyone in all things, leaders make the mistake of believing that people are good at everything.  Or that they have an interest in everything.  Or that even if they do have an interest that they can actually do it. Recently, I heard the phrase “risk management is everyone’s responsibility” and Read more about Is risk management everyone’s responsibility? No way, Jose.[…]

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Quid Pro Quo is everywhere! And it should be.

You can scarcely find a local dinner table without hearing a conversation about Trump and Quid Pro Quo.  What’s funny to me is that this is Latin phrase makes up the basis of one of the most perilous liability issues in sexual harassment.  One that every risk manager should be intimately familiar with.  If your Read more about Quid Pro Quo is everywhere! And it should be.[…]

WILL POWER

Does will power affect your safety record

Thousands of decisions are made by you every day.  Your staff does the same.  Decision making is the name of the game.  But decision making and will power are eternally linked.  The more will power you have the more decision making you can do.  And the less, well, the less decision making you can do. Read more about Does will power affect your safety record[…]

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Screw the Standard Operating Procedure

We hear so much about having standard operating procedures.  They are the standard.  But there is a deep dark problem with standard operating procedures.  They are average.  And average just isn’t good enough.   We need something better. Much better. Average is boring What we need are Strict Operating Procedures.  Strict not standard.  This little difference Read more about Screw the Standard Operating Procedure[…]

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