Tuesday, June 29, 2010

ERM-BC-COOP: Volunteer will introduce ERM


The other day I wrote about a fellow who initially said he was an MBA candidate interning as a business continuity planner at a commercial endeavor. Our Manager-in-Training complained to a list that he knew nothing of business continuity planning, had no guidance from the school, and no help from the organization engaging him; ergo, he turned to the people on the list.

Turns out his appeal lacked a certain candidness and that there was more, much more, to the story.

But that is not the point of this post.

I have on my very portable notebook (nee' laptop) computer a PowerPoint presentation designed specifically for the College Crowd. The primary audience is composed of MBA candidates; a secondary audience is made up of BBA hopefuls.

The PowerPoint is a two-parter that introduces Enterprise Risk Management to the people who can take the message back to their employers. There are 30 "slides" spread over two days assuming 2-hour blocks; that allows time for encouraged questions and discussions.

The PowerPoint will not make the students into qualified practitioners - that is not its intent.

It will send them back to their offices with an understanding of what business continuity - enterprise risk management - is all about and with sufficient knowledge to sort the wheat from the chafe when considering engagement of practitioners, either as an in-house resource or on a consultancy basis.

As with most PowerPoint, and similar, presentations, this is best presented by its author. As its author I am more than willing to fill-in for area instructors for a couple of class sessions; I might even be talked into donating my time. I will gladly take the show on the road, but only with pre-paid transportation and lodging.

(I learned the lesson about travel when I was invited to present in Ghana; for that tale, see http://johnglennmbci.blogspot.com/2010/02/funny-thing-happened.html.)

I am a great believer in "educating the masses" about enterprise risk management; that's the reason for this blog and the associated Web site. But first, you have to get the masses to mass.

John Glenn, MBCI
Enterprise Risk Management practitioner
Hollywood - Fort Lauderdale Florida
JohnGlennMBCI at gmail dot com


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