BIRD’S EYE VIEW 1 – Introduction

A monthly look at global resilience trends and expert opinion from our man in London

Lyndon Bird HeadshotBy Lyndon Bird, Chair of the DRI Future Strategic Vision Committee

Welcome to the new monthly blog from DRI International. My name is Lyndon Bird and I am Chair of the Future Visions Committee of DRI. I see this blog as an important element of the work of that committee. It gives me the chance to share my thoughts on some of the vital contemporary issues and challenges facing our profession and gives you the opportunity to provide feedback and a channel to debate these with fellow professionals. At the end of each blog I will ask a few questions in the form of a survey, the results of which will be presented and discussed through a LinkedIn discussion group which I will moderate. I really look forward to interacting with you.

What is driving this is the desire of myself and the DRI leadership team to move our discipline and profession forward. President and CEO Al Berman included the following in his recent vision statement: “The breadth and depth of the issues that we continue to face as a profession and as a community will force us to expand our knowledge and skill sets. We must be more technically savvy, more risk aware and more focused on leading the movement toward building resilience.”

I have identified some topics that I will address in subsequent blogs and my intent will be to consider one of these topics in each blog. My current expectation is to cover Supply Chain Interruption, Cyber Terrorism, Risk Transfer and Insurance, Governance and Compliance and finally Risk and Resilience Analytics and Metrics. I will give my personal thoughts and opinions on them – specifically on how they affect the BCM practitioner today and what they mean to the future of a coherent resilience profession. Remember these are my views, you might agree or disagree so please take the time to tell me either way. I promise I won’t be offended, I am sure that I will learn a lot from your input and they will form a key element of the debates we have in committee and the eventual published outputs from that group. As we are a profession that deals with the consequences of disruptive events (and there are no shortage of those globally) I would also try and give a topical slant to each blog with some consideration of one or more topical issues.

Click here to read Part 2: Resilience Lessons from the Greek Financial Crisis

Keep the discussion going! Click here to follow Lyndon’s discussion thread on LinkedIn, and share your perspective on matching business continuity to strategic concerns. Lyndon will also use the LinkedIn discussion space to update you on the results of the first two discussion poll questions and invite additional feedback.

About Lyndon Bird
Lyndon Bird is chair of the DRI Strategic Future Vision Committee. He has worked exclusively in business continuity since 1986 as a consultant, presenter, educator, author, and business manager. He has spoken at and chaired conferences throughout the world and has contributed features, articles and interviews to most leading business and specialist publications. He has been interviewed by a wide range of broadcasters, including the BBC, Sky News, Bloomberg TV and CNBC on continuity and resilience topics. Bird helped found the Business Continuity Institute in 1994 to promote and develop the emerging BC discipline as a professional field of activity and was a member of the original BS25999 Technical Committee. He was voted BCM Consultant of the Year in 2002 and given the BCM Lifetime Award in 2004 by Continuity, Insurance & Risk Magazine.  He is currently Editor of the Journal of Business Continuity and Emergency Planning published in the UK and the US, an advisory board member for the US publication Disaster Resource Guide, and his new book “Operational Resilience in the Financial Sector” has recently been published by Incisive Media.

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