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A Better Understanding of Modern Crisis

During recent years, we have all been faced with crisis, therefore, all organizations were put in the position of learning how to best become resilient and operate well with no disturbances to services. Reaction time became very prominent, as did the manner of response. Since we are living through a pandemic, the initial management of crisis for all organizations became a priority overnight, finding a lot of organizations unprepared for such circumstances.

Understand crisis management and resilience in such instances better through these books that will provide more detailed information on being prepared, handling crisis, and managing your organization successfully during such occurrences.

Crisis Management: Resilience and Change by Sarah Kovoor-Misra

This book presents an up-to-date look at present-day crisis for organizations. The author gives real-life examples of crisis management, through a combination in the material of theory with practical usage, especially regarding the use of social media and the internet. As we have become more of a media-driven society, modern organizational crisis have become more complex, frequent, and diverse, this book provides an introduction to best practices for learning, containing, and preventing such crisis. The author also notes the strengths of existing works on crisis management, such as; leadership, communication, and stakeholder perspective, all the while including aspects of crisis management, such as change, ethical, global, and emotional angles. Additionally, this book also includes chapters on prevention, adaptability, resilience, and rebuilding of organizational reputation in the face of calamity.

Organizational Resilience: Managing the Risks of Disruptive Events – A Practitioner’s Guide by James J. Leflar and Marc H. Siegel

The book serves beginners in this field, advanced security practitioners, and the always increasing group of persons that need to understand, implement, and enforce standards, as well as guidelines produced by organizations like NIST, CEN, and ISO. This book represents a big step forward to better adopt and implement the several standards that get released in the field of Organizational Resilience. The book covers aspects that are valid for all organizations, despite the complexity and the size. The authors define organizational resilience in terms that are easy to understand, while also providing real-world examples. For an organization to move towards resilience, simply implanting policies and procedures will not be enough, as a process, it takes organizations on a winding path that requires patience and tolerance. Through this book a reader will come to appreciate the necessity of any organization, regardless of size, to have a risk management plan.

Clarity in Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the CIA by Marc E. Polymeropoulos

Clarity in Crisis speaks of the art of making difficult decisions with a less than ideal amount of information and makes avoiding the consequences of mishandling a crisis, which can escalate quickly and leave irreparable damage to an organization’s reputation, easier. Through this book, the author delves into how true leaders should lead in times of crisis and thrive under conditions of obscurity, rather than avoid hard situations. In other words, Marc generalizes the successful methods he used to solidify clarity of mind when making crucial decisions in high-pressure situations. The book provides critical proven strategies and principles that can apply to face any crisis, sharing more in-depth information on the elements of managing a crisis, the understanding of the importance of key fundamentals, implementing guidance, and gaining confidence in your decision-making. The author, a senior intelligence officer in the CIA who has lived these situations, outlines for us what he practiced himself to achieve unshakable clarity in crisis.

Resilience: Grow Stronger in a Time of Crisis by Linda Ferguson

Once faced with difficult times, everyone reacts differently, some become stronger, more resilient, and more innovative under pressure. In recent years, most organizations have found themselves midst crisis, therefore, the time to take action and react in favor of your organization was very evident. In times of crisis, knowing when it will pass is unknown to all involved, hence why understanding how human beings function at their best, and their willpower to make changes in behavior and perception with a vision of a better future, is essential. This book allows you to create the conditions that allow your best efforts to come forward, with multiple hands-on exercises that deepen your self-knowledge. As we cannot control the outside world, what we have control over, however, is how we respond. Especially during these times of a pandemic, through this book, you will be able to discover pockets of resilience, learn, and thrive in times of any crisis.

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