5 skills that Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Pros Need to Have

Disaster Recovery Business Continuity skills

Recent disasters, like Sandy, have showed that business continuity professionals can offer a great amount of assistance to their companies during a disaster if they have certain basic skills.

Those skills include:

  1. Situational awareness: They need to really have broad situational awareness so they can understand not just what’s happening to them right this moment, but going forward.
  2. Improvisation: Business continuity plans are common, but too often people fail to consider the worst-case scenario. When the business continuity plan does not work, Managers have to improvise.
  3. Creativity and Adaptability: Business continuity managers need to be creative. They have to be thinking of different ways of doing something and really not being locked into the old plans that they’ve always had.
  4. Decisiveness: Business continuity professionals are often hesitant to act on something because they are seeking more information on the situation.  However, they are not going to know everything until it’s all over. Professionals in business continuity roles are going to have to make some decisions, even with incomplete information. And if the decision is wrong, they will have to proceed in another direction without hesitation.
  5. Reevaluation: During and after a disaster, professionals need to be reevaluating their efforts, including whether they’ve dealt with this situation before, can it be handled better, what could be done differently, and what’s missing.

Author: Victor Janulaitis

M. Victor Janulaitis is the CEO of Janco Associates. He has taught at the USC Graduate School of Business, been a guest lecturer at the UCLA's Anderson School of Business, a Graduate School at Harvard University, and several other universities in various programs.