President John F. Kennedy once said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” This aphorism couldn’t be truer than in the world of business continuity/disaster recovery where things change quickly and only the best prepared organizations can sustain. For this reason and countless others, BC/DR professionals should take advantage of every opportunity to expand their knowledge and hone their skills. Here are a few tips to keep you sharp.
Start with conversation. As simple as it sounds, make time to interact with peers on a regular basis. Swap stories, good, bad or otherwise. Ask questions, and when possible, apply others’ best practices to your own BC/DR strategy.
Be social. Join professional online networks like LinkedIn and take part in relevant discussion groups. Conversations here can be a great source for information, and they’re accessible at any time. Also join industry associations and access their resources. Dues are usually nominal.
Share. Recently downloaded a new White Paper? Visited an intriguing website? Or even received an interesting Google Alert? Pass it along to others so they can benefit too.
Go. Educational events like the upcoming Disaster Recovery Journal (DRJ) Fall World 2013 conference, September 22-25, in San Diego, CA, are excellent opportunities to learn and grow. Budget allowing, attend if possible; it will be well worth the investment.
Speaking of DRJ Fall World 2013, Send Word Now will sponsor guest speaker, Edward M. Levy, during General Session 2, Lessons Learned: Enterprise Communications in a Crisis, on Monday, September 23, from 9:30 – 10:30 AM PDT. During this time, Levy, a senior security executive and retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel, will share real-life experiences throughout his extensive career with Thomas Reuters, Pfizer and other top companies. He’ll explain common planning pitfalls and highlighting crisis communications best practices.
Whether you’re a novice or seasoned BC/DR professional, knowledge is indispensable. Take advantage of every opportunity to learn, and always keep an open mind.