How to hook management into your business continuity plan
By Catherine McFarland • 06 Mar 2014
Key to the success of your business continuity (BC) plan, is securing the support of your management team. And yet, even though we hear business continuity disaster stories in the media all the time, securing management buy-in can be quite slippery work. But there’s no need to feel like you’re opening a can of worms. Here are four tips on how to reel in your management team, hook, line and sinker.
Establish your credibility
Demonstrate that you understand the importance of aligning BC with governance, risk and compliance activities, since these are also the responsibility of senior management.
Get involved with the business
Show you know exactly how the business operates, the risks it faces, the vulnerabilities that exist internally and externally. Share your understanding of the company’s strengths and weaknesses.
Communicate the risks
Make sure your management team understand the risks as well as the remedies. Once they accept these, they should be better prepared to support investments in BC.
Demonstrate your value
Show that your effort and the financial investment are adding ongoing value to the business. At the same time, nurture relationships with your management team; once you have their trust, everything else should fall into place.
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