Building Resiliency through Engagement in North Texas
Welcome to the North Texas Chapter of the Association of Continuity Professionals (ACP). ACP is a non-profit professional organization, which provides a forum for the exchange of experiences and information, for business continuity professionals, throughout a network of local chapters.
Founded in March of 1986, the North Texas Chapter is one of the oldest continuously meeting chapters, and among the largest by membership, serving the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month unless the first Tuesday coincides with a holiday week. We invite you to attend our next meeting.
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 4:00 - 7:00 PM - Meeting time includes a Networking event after the meeting
Location: UT Dallas, Naveen Jindal School of Management Building - Virtual meeting option available
Topic: Overview of Toyota Motors North America's BCM Program and Global BCM Survey
Presenter: Mark Doi, CBCP – National Manager of Business Continuity Management at Toyota Financial Services and One Toyota
Sponsor: Toyota North America
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ACP North Texas Members,
With the recent passing of Queen Elizabeth II, millions across the world watched the numerous ceremonies in the UK. I personally have been amazed at the attention to detail during the 12-days of solemn observances televised to the world. The precision, the coordination, and the symbolism have been amazing to witness, as a country mourns its life-long leader and ushers in a new king. The traditional pomp and circumstance throughout the decades of her leadership continued in her funeral services, and the transition of power to her son, Charles.
As I watched I could not help but think (it is what I do, no disrespect to the Queen and her family) about the behind-the-scenes planning, training, and walk-throughs that were required for all the ceremonies. As I thought more about it from a resiliency perspective, I just imagined all the coordination that it took to deliver the ultimate presentation. For example, suspending air travel during processions; the intense security surrounding every location while still allowing the citizens to pay their respects; the logistics of every individual step and movement by the thousands in the processions; every camera angle properly positioned to be sent to media to broadcast around the globe; and I could go on and on. Everything we saw was like a coordinated symphony, a perfectly timed machine in action.
At a time when the eyes of the world focused on the royal family, they proved they were prepared for the challenges around a day that was inevitable. They established through their preparedness the value of the planning and training that were most likely years in the making. They were able to respect the deep traditions of their history, handle the “family” challenges, keep everyone safe, and portray a message of cohesiveness around the ceremonies.
I want to leave you with the following questions: If your company was involved in an event where the world was watching close-up and in real-time, how well would you be prepared? What would those watching say? How would your company fare? Would your company messaging be ahead of the social media rumor mill messages? Thinking just a little deeper, how would you personally handle a major 12-day event delegated to you as a team member, or a team lead?
As we exit the pandemic, just how ready are your teams to respond? If you think they are well prepared, would someone else leading your response plans agree with you? If not, maybe it is time to restart and re-energize your own program as they may not be as ready as you remember.
Chet Bojarski, MBCP
North Texas Chapter President
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