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DRJ's Book Club

A book will be chosen and communicated to the DRJ community every Quarter. If you are interested in that book, pick it up and read it. (You don’t have to participate with every book) The blog will be opened for comment and discussion on the book. Each blog will have a facilitator to help with the discussion. It is just as easy as that!Brought to you by the DRJ Career Development Committee

Adaptive Business Continuity: A New Approach by David Lindstedt & Mark Armour (Q3 – 2019)

Everyone’s talking about adaptive business continuity, a streamlined approach for managing business continuity programs. The buzz is all about using principles based on new trends in project management including agile project development and lean process improvement. The book elaborates on the objectives outlined in the Adaptive BC Manifesto, which is included as an appendix. The manifesto directs the practitioner to understand his or her business, start adding continuous value by producing short term deliverables and expanding to include long term deliverables, being nonsequential in program development, remaining adaptable so that the practitioner is influenced by current situation rather than stated methodology, and allowing the discipline of adaptive BC to evolve. The book challenges the traditional framework, and some of the recognized best practices, used within the BC industry. For example, the authors suggest eliminating the BIA, transferring risk assessment to trained risk professionals, dispensing with recovery time objectives, exercising rather than testing, seeking lower level executive buy-in and support, and minimizing written plan documentation. Without saying, the paradigm shift outlined in this book is controversial. For some it is heretical; for others it is transformational. All in all, this book is provocative and should be on every BC professional’s reading list.

David Lindstedt is an educator, project manager, and founder of Readiness Analytics. Mark Armour is a business continuity practitioner and director at Brink’s Inc. Here is the link to purchase their book: 


(This book review was written by David K. Dunlap.) 

“Are We Willing to Take That Risk?” by Mike Croy (Q2 - 2019)

This is a phenomenal book.  It is an easy read, written in a conversational style with one of the most captivating story-tellers I know… in less than 100 pages.  Mike shares his extensive experience and several personal stories in tangible and relevant ways to make an impact on today’s risk management professionals. Mike addresses 10 questions every executive should ask about business continuity. Through real-life examples, you'll understand what could affect your company-lost data, pandemics, terror threats-and by implementing plans for when something does happen, you're doing everything possible to ensure that employees still have jobs, customers are served, and stakeholders continue to support the company. Take the first step in proactively managing your company in good times and bad and ask yourself, Are We Willing to Take That Risk?

Michael Croy is well-known in the BC/DR profession. While he is now retired, he spent over 30 years as an expert helping organizations manage risks to ensure the survival of their businesses. 



Recharge eBook: 5 Simple Shifts to Energize Your Life (Author: Heidi Hanna) - Q1 - 2019 DRJ Book Club

Recharge eBook: 5 Simple Shifts to Energize Your Life  (Author: Heidi Hanna) 

Do you find yourself being overly tired, even after you think you’ve had a good night’s rest?  Are you continuously shifting gears and feeling you aren’t accomplishing anything you actually started on?  Are you thinking you may be suffering from “burnout” as your symptoms range from fatigue, insomnia, and/or dizziness?  When pressured to deliver a product, or meet a deadline, do you sometimes feel as if you are having a panic attack or the stress is so terrible you fear you may be experiencing systems of heart problems/attacks?” These are the issues discussed in Heidi Hanna’s eBook titled “Recharge”. Learn how to address these and other issues from being over-worked and in a constant state of stress. Discuss these strategies with Heidi and others in the DRJ community through the blog. Download the eBook @:  https://heidihanna.com/recharge/ and join Colleen and Heidi in the discussion of the book starting February 1st.


Heidi is CEO and founder of SYNERGY, a coaching and consulting company that specializes in customized health and wellness solutions for individuals and organizations. Heidi was the key note speaker at DRJ 2018 in Phoenix, AZ where she talked about her book "Recharge".  Colleen Huber, the Chairperson of the DRJ Editorial Advisory Board, will share her thoughts on Heidi’s eBook which you can read by visiting the DRJ Book Club Blog @: https://drj.com/bookclub

Download the eBook @:  https://heidihanna.com/recharge/

November/December 2018 - Book of the Month

Crisis Management: How to develop a powerful program 

by Regina Phelps  (Author)

Businesses and governments worldwide are increasingly being disrupted by more frequent natural disasters, mounting workforce violence, and skyrocketing cyberattacks. It’s increasingly a question of “when” – not “if” – they will face such a crisis. This book tells you how to prepare – step-by-step. The good news is that costs of being prepared are miniscule compared to the staggering hits organizations are increasingly taking. This book gets into the nitty-gritty of preparing for such crises – from building senior management support and involvement . . . to training top-flight crisis management teams. Specifically, it tells business continuity and crisis management professionals how to get their organizations into a constant state of readiness. That’s crucial since, of course, organizations don’t know the precise nature of the crisis in advance (timing, location, or impact). Think in terms of “instant-on.” And, they have to have wide range of contingencies to deal with whatever they may face. Regina Phelps tells you exactly how to do all of that step-by-step . . . and how to build support up and down the organization to make it happen.

Get a copy today from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0983114358/

What is the DRJ's Book Club

“Learning is not a spectator sport. “ ~ D. Blocher

What was the last business book you read? Or book to improve your competencies and help your career? We get so over-burdened with life and work we stop improving ourselves and then our careers stagnate.

 Join other continuity professionals as we dive into books that will enhance your knowledge and career. Then join the community of readers by providing comments, insights and your experiences through our online blog. Books will all be focused around improving our collective knowledge around business continuity and the competencies that will make us even more successful. Minimal time commitment with a huge reward.


A book will be chosen and communicated to the DRJ community. If you are interested in that book, pick it up and read it. (You don’t have to participate with every book)

The blog will be opened for comment and discussion on the book.

Each blog will have a facilitator to help with the discussion.

It is just as easy as that!


Brought to you by the DRJ Career Development Committee

October 2018 - Book of the Month

Attitude is Everything: 10 Life-Changing Steps to Turning Attitude into Action 

by Keith Harrell (Author)


In the world of professional speakers, Keith Harrell is making adifference. Clients such as IBM, Coca-Cola, and Boeing know it -- that'swhy Keith is one of the most in-demand speakers on the circuit. Here,in Attitude Is Everything, he shares the secrets that got him where he is today and provides you with a program for developing a healthier,happier, more productive attitude.


This is an enlightening, inspiring, and practical guide for gainingcontrol of your career and your life by ridding yourself of negativebaggage, building positive attitudes, and then turning them into actionsto help you achieve your dreams.


Now, along with the Attitude Is Everything workbook, you willhave all the tools for developing and maintaining a powerful positiveattitude in order to get ahead.


Available on Amazon