FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK
Make A Connection
By BOB ARNOLD, MBCI Hon.
It’s not what you know but who you know. This business mantra has been around since the mid- 1900s. Yes, way back before conferences, social media,
e-mail, professional organizations,
LinkedIn, instant messaging, and
“friending” – savvy folks recognized that
having a strong network is a key to success.
Gone are the days of opening the Yellow
Pages and looking for a widget vendor or a
communications firm. Now instead you scroll
through your LinkedIn contacts and look for
someone to whom you’re connected who can
help you out. Or you flip through your list of
contacts on your smart phone looking for the
vendor you met at your recent corporate professional development day.
Learning and professional development
truly is a cohesive experience. Sure we can all
sit down and read books and articles but the
real learning and development occurs when
we’re able to talk and communicate. Sharing
ideas, telling stories about past experiences,
troubleshooting problems, and providing
constructive feedback. This is how we’re all
able to stay on top of the latest trends, techniques, and ideas that are shaping resilience
and business continuity.
This cannot be done in isolation. We need
each other to learn and grow our skills and
business. How do we do this? We’re all busy
with work, home life, and trying to find that
crucial balance between the two.
We need to be more proactive. (And yes,
this includes me.) We need to send that e-mail
to the industry expert we heard speak at a
recent conference. We need to stay up-to-date
with our professional accreditations and take
advantage that these provide us. We need to
step out of our comfort zones and spend time
on social media, LinkedIn, and be active in
professional organizations. The reality about
professional network and development is that
it takes work. You and I both need to put ourselves out there.
We miss out on all the conversations, connections, and opportunities
that can be of benefit when we won’t
take the first step. When you attend
a conference and the speaker says
“don’t hesitate to contact me with
your questions,” this means “I want
to help you and would like to hear from
you.” When you join a professional organization like the BCI and receive an e-mail about
upcoming learning opportunities and certifications, read the e-mail and take some action.
A professional organization only helps if you
do some work as well. When your boss suggests you attend a conference or take a course,
take advantage and seize the opportunity.
You never know who you’ll meet. You
never know what you’ll learn. You never know
what doors will open for you. The strength of
our industry lies with people like you – people
who have the skills, knowledge, and desire
to learn. Ours is a booming industry full of
opportunity. Take advantage and get active.
All of this to say that I welcome your
LinkedIn connection, your Twitter follow,
your e-mail, and meeting or speaking with
you at our conferences. I want to learn from
you and I’m always available to help out
however I can.
This brings us to our current issue. I want
your feedback: what you like and don’t like?
In this issue we’ve taken a deeper look at
ransomware and its ramifications. This is an
opportunity for us to share with each other
what we know and don’t know about ransomware and how we can work to build resilient
networks. Perhaps you know of a course,
vendor, contractor, or industry expert that can
help our broad DRJ network in learning more
about any of the topics in this issue. Let us
know! This is your opportunity to connect,
grow your network, and put yourself out there.
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