Resolution 1 – Must not bury head in the sand

Evidence shows that 85% of organisations will experience a major crisis within the next 5 years. ‘It’ll never happen to us’ just won’t cut it anymore, so get on with developing those plans and procedures and training your staff to ensure everyone knows what to if it all goes wrong.

Resolution 2 – Must exercise more

We don’t mean going for a jog in your lunch hour…this is about scenario-based desktop and simulation exercises that practice your incident response, help bring plans to life, highlight any gaps, and allow staff to gain experience, familiarity and confidence in crisis management.

Resolution 3 – Must improve communication

Step One – appreciate the central importance of communication in a crisis
Step Two – recognise the difference between crisis communications and day-to-day PR
Step Three – create a Crisis Communications Plan and involve the comms team in all crisis management training and exercises

Resolution 4 – Must figure out this social media malarky

Like it or not, it’s here to stay. Social media can bring huge benefits to crisis management and business continuity both as a monitoring tool to spot problems before they escalate and influence public perception; and as a communication channel to broadcast important information, combat rumours and reassure customers and stakeholders.

Resolution 5 – Must be more decisive

Successful crisis management is a balancing act of knowing the right questions to ask when an incident occurs and making strategic decisions at the right time, with incomplete information and extreme pressure. This is never an easy task, but with the right tools in place and plenty of practice (see Resolution 2) decision-makers can develop and execute action plans quickly and effectively and with the confidence that is crucial in a crisis.

Resolution 6 – Must stay up-to-date and in-the-know

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