Effective communication is characterised by enthusiasm and focus – on the part of all involved. Too often this is not the case. Putting aside environmental influences (such as cold rooms and uncomfortable seats) I think there are three key variables: the “presenter” may be too distant, academic, or didactic. the “message or subject” may be… Read More
Where there is inadequate management of risk during the implementation of a project the very outcome being sought is often compromised. That is now the case with the Accord on Fire and Building Safety which was a welcome initiative following the tragic deaths of five years ago. The Government has “found itself” short on factories… Read More
The story of the “generous” Procrustes is an illustrative one. After offering hospitality to those in need, Procrustes either stretched the limbs of the short to fit his bed – or hacked those of the long, again, to fit his bed. Too often we see “guides” and “standards” parading as flexible tools – but with… Read More
The official text of the revision of the international ISO 31000 risk management standard has been published. MAIN CHANGES 1. The document is clearer and shorter – reduced from 20 to 16 pages 2. More importance is given in creating value and decision-making 3. The principles are better integrated into the framework and the process… Read More
Good crisis management is characterised by evidenced based decision making. The underpinnings of the evidence based approach is a systematic vulnerability assessment of your services.
Freetown – a site where "informal settlements" creep up the adjacent slopes needed only the hazard of heavy rain to trigger the most recent disaster.