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Issue and Crisis Management – Webinar

March 4, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Overview:Issue Management is defined as the systematic treatment by an organization of topics raised by the public in the widest sense. Such topics have to be recognized early and have to trigger an appropriate reaction, usually in the sense of an active participation in the public opinion making process or by organizational adaptations. Issue management consists of (1) the identification, observation and analysis of social, technological, political and economic forces and trends that may have an impact on the organization, (2) the interpretation and definition of ensuing implications and options, and (3) the selection and implementation of strategies for managing issues.If issues get out of hand, crises follow. Three elements are common to a crisis: (a) a threat to the organization, (b) the element of surprise, and (c) a short decision time. It has also been suggested that a “crisis is a process of transformation where the old system can no longer be maintained.” Thus, the need for change usually is also a hallmark of a crisis. In order to be able to handle a crisis, due to the items mentioned above, it is necessary to develop a crisis management plan, which compiles the methods how an organization should react in case of a crisis. Crisis management usually consists of different aspects including methods used to respond to both the reality and perception of crises, establishing metrics to define what scenarios constitute a crisis and should consequently trigger the necessary response mechanisms and communication plans to handle the response phase of emergency-management scenarios.

If a crisis has the potential to likely cause a significant disruption to an organization, a business continuity plan can help minimize the disruption. Critical functions and processes necessary to keep the organization running have to be identified and contingency plans for each function should be developed. Testing these contingency plans regularly in a simulation exercise will allow those involved to become more acutely aware of the possibility of a crisis and enable them to act more effectively in the event of an actual crisis.

Why should you Attend: There are two categories of companies: those that have experienced a crisis and those that will. In order to react appropriately to a crisis situation it is crucial to be prepared. The development of a crisis management plan, the setup of a crisis response team and performing crisis response exercises are key to being able to react swiftly and decisively. Very often, however, crisis situations could have been avoided if the warning signals had been detected early and if they had triggered an appropriate reaction. Therefore, taking appropriate measures to be prepared for issue management can help in avoiding costly remedy procedures for crisis cleanup.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • Issue Management (how to detect and manage issues before they become a crisis)
  • Crisis Preparedness
  • Crisis Management Plans
  • Business Continuity Planning

Who Will Benefit:

  • Senior and Middle Managers in all business critical areas
  • Communication Managers
  • Risk Managers
  • All staff involved in business continuity planning

James Ryan

Jim Ryan has spent the past 20 years building global markets for US-based telecommunications and enterprise technology companies. Mr. Ryan exited five startups (2 IPOs, 2 acquisitions, 1 Chapter 11) and now uses his expertise as one of the three founding partners of Farpoint Ventures helping startups from the US quickly build global sales channels and bring in revenues from overseas markets. Mr. Ryan has closed over $1B in export business for startups.

Mr. Ryan holds a Bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a Master's degree from Osaka University. He is a native speaker of Japanese, and is conversational in Mandarin Chinese and French.

In between meetings, he has climbed Mt. Rainier three times, finished the Boston Marathon and Cape Cod Marathon, climbed Mt. Washington in all four seasons and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon 10 times. He holds a Private Pilot license and enjoys flying his Cessna 172 around New England and beyond.

Details

Date:
March 4, 2015
Time:
10:00 am - 11:00 am

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