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EDITOR’S NOTE: The DRJ Career Development Committee is supporting this series of articles featuring the career paths of industry professionals. Throughout this series of candid interviews, we hope to provide career advice to our readers by highlighting lessons learned, highs and lows, opportunities and challenges. The DRJ Career Development Committee promotes education, opportunity, inclusion, and excellence surrounding the exploration and evolution of career paths in all aspects of business continuity and risk management. Key elements of our mission include promoting open and candid discussions of career opportunities, providing mentorship, resources, and guidance to equip our membership with the necessary knowledge,…

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Focus Your Time and Efforts in the Right Areas
There are many different components to your BCM program, including your business impact analysis (BIA), recovery plans, exercises, training, and...
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Six Key Learnings for Business Continuity Amidst a Pandemic
For business continuity experts, after action reports (AAR) are required documentation following a workplace incident. But imagine being able to...
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Metrics That Executives Love

Have you ever been to a meeting where the presenter displays a slide packed with percentiles, bar charts, and awkwardly colored stoplight diagrams? Did the confusing, overly complex, and poorly designed metrics distract you from the intent of the meeting? Did the experience leave you just trying to figure out the difference between orange and yellow on that stoplight diagram – causing you to completely miss what the presenter was actually trying to convey? Even worse, were the metrics failing to tell the real story or answer the performance-related question you were really hoping to get answered? 

You’re not alone.

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Build Consistency to Ensure Quality

Service consistency and quality is an expectation of all stakeholders at all times. The people depending on you want peace of mind and no unpleasant surprises. Providing consistent services implies achieving sameness, uniformity, and fairness in the delivery or execution of all service attributes, regardless of time, place, occasion, and provider. The lack of consistent service by the business continuity management (BCM) team is one of the main reasons management and stakeholders get a sour taste in their mouth about business continuity. BCM practitioners must strive to provide a service environment that makes its stakeholders happy and supportive of the need for business continuity.

Develop a Catalog of Services

The first step in providing consistent, quality service is for your office to decide which services it provides and which it doesn’t. Have you identified and cataloged the services your team offers? The following services are among those commonly provided by enterprise BCM offices:

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