- How did the Mangagement Continuity Planning process develop?
Two psychologists who have entensive management, consulting and disaster experience developed this process. After working in the aftermath of 9/11 Drs. Allen & Toder realized that businesses were vulnerable to terrorist attacks and other kinds of significant disruptions but not adequately prepared. These companies needed a process to insure that management would still be functioning after an incident.
Toder & Allen were clear that many businesses have done an excellent job of securing their data and physical plant but have not given as much attention to their most important asset - senior management. These executives, and others who know how to keep the business going, are critical to maintaining core functions after an interruption due to natural or human causes.
- Who should be involved in this process?
A core group of 8-10 individuals including executive team members and directors who can step into executive roles if needed. Inclusion of selected board members is desirable.
- Should all departments go though this process?
Yes, after upper management has developed their protocol and strategies, essential departments would benefit from this process.
- How long will the process take?
It should be completed in 1-2 days depending on the type and extent of previous planning. Executive team members will participate for approximately 2 1/2 hours total.
- Will this process arouse unnecessary anxiety?
To the contrary, It is actually reassuring if conducted by knowlegeable professionals.
- How will the creation of a Management Continuity plan benefit my business?
Increased clarity in communication channels, articulated succession plan, clear mapping of projects, detailed links for executive and senior manager functions, and detailed emergency plan: people, site, public face (media, shareholders, customers).
- Why develop a Management Continuity plan now?
A proactive process is much easier to execute. Post-incident costs are high in terms of lost momentum, loss of credibility in the industry, and loss of company morale.
- What makes Management Continuity Planning Associates unique?
We are a small, nimble company with custom solutions. You will be dealing with experienced professionals and not junior level consultants.
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Dr. Rick Allen, firstname.lastname@example.org, (831) 429-1340
Dr. Francine Toder, email@example.com, (650) 325-4588