Who’s in Your Hall of Fame?
By J. FRANK LADY III, AFBCI, MBCP, CISSP, CRISC, PMP, MA, MBA, MSt., ITIL
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After achieving a recent profes- sional goal, I began reflecting on the people who have helped me to make progress and achieve milestones in my career. One
person came to mind, followed by another,
and another, until I had a list of more than
a dozen names. Even though it was late at night,
the overall significance of their contributions captured my attention for several hours and stirred up
an overwhelming sense of appreciation.
I decided this group of people deserved to
be described as more than just a list; I resolved
to christen them as charter members of my own
business continuity hall of fame. They are people
whose decisions regarding me, offers of help,
words of wisdom, or advocacy or investment of
time in my behalf, have substantially aided my
progression in this field.
These are the members of my hall of fame:
Thomas F. (Tom) Betzel, Lyndon Bird, Dave J.
Bodi, Patricia A. Clement, Hendrick Ellis, Patti
Fitzgerald, Colleen Huber, Paul Kirvan, Peter Laz,
James O. Price Jr., Rob Treacey, and Chris Turner.
Some of their contributions occurred without
my initial awareness. One member started this
branch of my professional journey by assigning
me to my first business continuity role. Others
supported my candidacy for a professional board
or certification. One designee recommended me
to replace a no-show panelist at a conference.
Another asked me to contribute a chapter to a book
on resilience. Several others made hiring decisions
which became beneficial in unexpected ways but
were not evident at the time. One person nominated me for a corporate title promotion.
In selecting these names, I focused on what
they did on my behalf, although I am certain their
words and deeds have impacted many more lives
As you hopefully inferred from this column’s
title, I contacted each of my inductees to thank
them and to ask permission to publish their names.
Every interaction was a memorable opportunity
to express my heartfelt appreciation and recount
their contributions. That series of conversations
has been the most rewarding part of this activity.
Reflecting on those conversations, I would like
to quote one statement by Dave Bodi that truly hit
the bull’s-eye for this endeavor. He said,
“When we look back on what is impor-
tant in life, helping people is what really
This exhortation has renewed my
own commitment to actively support the
career development of colleagues. I have
become involved in the Business Continuity
Institute’s Mentoring Programme, and am honored
to collaborate with two other participants. These
relationships have been (and should be) mutually
beneficial. The day we stop learning, regardless of
our professional experience, will be the day our
ability to contribute begins to fade.
There are numerous ways to support colleagues
in their professional growth which do not require
depth of industry expertise. For example, one
could encourage another to attain goals, serve as
an accountability partner, share awareness of a
new technology or social media trend, or find other
creative ways to provide assistance.
Different circumstances initially brought me
into contact with my inductees. I have been priv-
ileged to work in different companies for six of
the 12. I met or reconnected with the other six at
Another formative experience from my past
also influenced me in this process. Upon being
assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, I received
a staff officer’s guide from the brigade commander,
then-Colonel W. Bruce Moore. It contained many
memorable guidelines but the most relevant one
for this article was, “send flowers to the living.”
We should grasp the opportunities to recognize
and appreciate the contributions others have made
on our behalf. It is very likely that busy schedules
and competing demands may limit people’s aware-
ness of what they have done for us. May it never
be that they fail to realize the depth of our appre-
Should this prompt you to honor the contribu-
tors to your own professional growth, please send
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Frank Lady serves on the DRJ Editorial Advisory Board, chairs
its Glossary of Terms Committee, and is secretary of the Business
Continuity Institute U.S. Chapter. The author greatly appreciates and
has included pre-publication feedback from Suzanne B. Lady.
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