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Preparing for Crises, Disruption and Change


Not everything can be planned and prepared for. There are risks you can plan for in a usual risk management process.


Planned resilience is about traditional risk management processes. Planning for events which you know might happen.


Adaptive resilience is about planning to deal with events that are unexpected. The unknown unknowns.


Let's keep an unknown event in our risk register which we can still plan for.


So the adaptive capacity of an organisation in resilience terms is as follows:


  1. Investing in leadership capability - Good management and leadership is crucial here. This should make the future event scanning process better.

  2. Keeping all staff engaged in the resilience process. Having a clear vision for the future and taking care of staff.

  3. Prioritise staff wellbeing as well as that of the organisation.

  4. Collaborate both Internally and externally with individuals and organisations.

  5. Valuing and examing the quality of your supply chain and what may come of it.

  6. Always be pre prepared to adapt and change if circumstances change rapidly.


Rather than building g a single resilience strategy develop alternative strategies that you can move between.


We need to identify potential risk triggers. Don't be afraid to collaborate and ask for help. Asking for help is a strength not a weakness. We can't solve all our problems ourselves.


We need to make peace with the fact we have to adapt and change frequently to keep up to date.


If we apply adaptive business resilience then we have a better chance of coping with unexpected events.


That is something we are obliged to do.


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The resources on New Zealand resilient organisations site are invaluable here

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