Simulation Center for Emergency Management Innovation

An answer to the challenge of dynamic and daring leadership in Emergency Management I asked earlier if dynamic and daring leadership could be found in a risk-averse culture like Emergency Management. I spoke of the challenges involved with the Incident Command System, but left the challenge of making change unanswered. I did, however promise you … Continue reading Simulation Center for Emergency Management Innovation

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Micromanaging My Life

Doing what it takes to be successful at work and at home. Photo by Ann H on Pexels.com I don't want to rule the world, just my little part of it. I have ADHD, which means that I have always had trouble focusing on my tasks. This post, for example was started 21 hours ago, … Continue reading Micromanaging My Life

No Risk Assessment? Well That’s Risky!

So, you are a leader in an organization, congratulations! Whether it is a business, a community group, a school, or any other organization, leadership is something to be celebrated. As part of your participation in this organization, have you been a part of a formal risk assessment? Have you led a formal risk assessment? What's … Continue reading No Risk Assessment? Well That’s Risky!

Every House Needs this Little Red Bag

On top of a 15" Laptop for reference. You see that? That bag has a permanent home on the top shelf of my pantry. Inside of it are all of the basic necessities to treat all sorts of minor injuries that don't require professional medical attention. You know, like the time I accidentally touched a … Continue reading Every House Needs this Little Red Bag

The Importance of Fun to Building Resilience

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Pexels.com Here in Canada, we celebrate the first Monday in September as Labour Day, a day to remember all of the efforts of the people who have fought so hard for things like 5-day work weeks and 8-hour work days, overtime pay, paid holidays, and so many other things that … Continue reading The Importance of Fun to Building Resilience

Crafting a Long-Tail Story

I seem to float back and forth between writing shorter pieces, like my book reviews or other pieces that are based largely on personal experience and opinions. These generally don't include huge amounts of research and reference, or extensive searches for images. They represent the vast majority of my writing, but not what I really … Continue reading Crafting a Long-Tail Story

The Future of Business is Social Enterprise

A social enterprise is an organization that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in financial, social and environmental well-being—this may include maximizing social impact alongside profits for external shareholders.Wikipedia Photo by Akil Mazumder on Pexels.com A few months ago, I wrote about how income inequality is an emergency management issue. A major part of this … Continue reading The Future of Business is Social Enterprise

Even the Best Leaders need to Follow Every So Often

Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com Ask just about anyone to name some of the top business leaders in the world today and Sir Richard Branson's name will be somewhere close to the top of the list. I have long admired his approach to business, and his ability to inspire people and while there are many … Continue reading Even the Best Leaders need to Follow Every So Often

Why Event Planners need an Emergency Manager in their Contacts

Photo by Oleg Magni on Pexels.com Event season in North America is well underway, with major festivals and concerts happening in many locations every weekend (and many weekdays and weeknights too!) For the most part these festivals go off without a hitch, but sometimes things go sideways, usually through no fault of the organizers and … Continue reading Why Event Planners need an Emergency Manager in their Contacts

52 Weeks, 52 Books – Book 17

Today's book is an interesting dive into the depths of human greed and just how far people will go to make money hand over fist. There are many books that could meet this definition, but Michael Lewis' "The Big Short" does a fantastic job of explaining the subprime mortgage crisis of the late 2000's. The … Continue reading 52 Weeks, 52 Books – Book 17