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09/04/2018 - What is the Cost to Community Resilience of Poor Strategic Leadership?
The current situation within the halls of power of Westminster is constantly demonstrating two warring parties who are losing situational awareness of what is actually happening across the UK. As the Brexit question continues to shatter the fabric of communities, depending on whether you are "in" or "out", there is an increasingly apparent trend of poor strategic leadership decisions now returning to haunt the ministers that made them; there is also the failure to admit them. Is this a failure of moral courage to accept mistakes and address the issues at hand?
Austerity policies have caused a number of issues that have resulted in the environment to create increased violent crime. The impact of these issues have decreased the resilience of the communities across the UK and the ability to provide adequate security and local intelligence gathering. These issues are:
If we were to look at this situation through another lens we may see things differently. Applying the framework that the UK military sought to apply in two Resilience building campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, we can observe how these issues would be treated in combat. Using the guidance of Templar (Malaya), Patreaus (Iraq) or McChrystal (Afghanistan), if you are fighting a counter insurgency, the issues listed above are the things you seek address quickly through the provision of resources, as well as to provide the host nation its own integral capability to fight the lure of the insurgent.
This is not a situation just for the Middle East; this approach was also used in Northern Ireland to help stop the ongoing slaughter during the OIRA / PIRA insurgency campaign. What it does demonstrate though is that the current UK government, across all parties, have lost sight of the bigger picture, with the majority of focus being spent on Brexit. Discuss.
Is the Resilience of the Union Threatened by Brexit?
As Northern Ireland now seeks to lodge a formal challenge to the extraction of the UK from the EU and Scotland, under Nicola Sturgeon, explores the option of another independence referendum, does Brexit pose the biggest threat to the resilience of the United Kingdom?
The 23rd June 2016 saw the UK, as a nation, vote to leave the European Union. On closer examination however, the figures do not tell the true story. Only England and Wales voted to leave, with Northern Ireland, Scotland and Gibraltar voted to remain. The result of Brexit resulted in social and political divisions becoming highly visible, the senior leadership of the UK police forces reporting an increase in racist attacks within the southern counties of England and a change in political leadership. For approximately three months the nation remained leaderless, with key political decision making processes placed on hold, priority given to the preparation and implementation of the Brexit decision.
Now Scotland and Northern Ireland seek ways to remain within Europe, risking the splitting of the Union. Brexit was supposed to offer a choice for the UK, to demonstrate democracy and the ability of the nation to forge its own destiny within a modern Europe. Instead, Brexit has become the greatest threat to the survival of the Union, a threat that is becoming more tangible by the day as political parties and devolutionised nations now move to forge their own destiny, potentially separate to that of England. As the tidal wave of emotion now settles, the political and social shockwaves now become very apparent, with the United Kingdom becoming dis-united about the Brexit decision.
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Launch of BS:65000 Organisational Resilience
The 27th November 2014 saw the launch of the new BSI standard which seeks to help organisations develop a defined approach towards organisational resilience. Aimed at the strategic leadership, the standard's focus is to assist individuals to understand the reasons behind the development of organisational resilience and the benefits it can bring.
Organisational resilience, unlike incident management, BCM, emergency planning and disaster recovery, is a strategic approach that is required to be implemented at a corporate level. It seeks to holistically link critical business functions, staff development and the horizon scanning process to help a business adapt to future issues and maintain capability when faced with a disruptive event.
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What Does Resilience mean to you?
With the recent financial and environmental issues that have struck UK businesses, the term Resilience has been brought to the fore, along with Business Continuity, Crisis Management, Emergency Planning and a host of others all linked to helping a business recover from a disruptive event. Resilience is seeking to help bring these together in a defined, joint approach, but what does that mean for you or your company?
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International BCI Conference 2014 - London Olympia
An exciting day at the International BCI Conference with a discussion of Organisational Resilience with a number of international senior business continuity and resilience practitioners. With over 65 delegates in the room for the presentation and following questions session, it created an atmosphere of learning and a desire to find out more.
The session also offered a teaser for the launch of the BS:65000 Organisational Resilience standard to help create a culture of resilience within industry.