Risk consultant Annie Searle has published an updated second edition of her compact volume of practical advice designed for the general public. With stories based on her own personal experience – from a house fire that destroyed thousands of books, to an episode in St. Petersburg where she lost her bearings – she walks the reader through the value of having plans so that risks can be taken with confidence.
Life is divided now into five chapters – home, school, work, online, and on the road. It's written in practical, plain English with plenty of stories about how things can go wrong. “The new chapter on school includes risk tips for parents from the time they put their child into a caregiver’s hands, through the point in college when I am speaking directly to the student. The school chapter, together with an expanded focus throughout the book for advances in technology use, social media and privacy concerns, makes the book useful to a broader audience,“ Searle notes.
“The book is written for the individual and the family rather than directly for the business or corporations,” she notes. “We would never grow as people if we did not take risks. But rather than being blindsided by too much personal risk – as for example in our recent economic meltdown where thousands lost their homes or in situations where security was ignored, at home or online – to identify the risks and to make a plan means having more control over the outcome of events. I don’t identify all the risks or all the plans that one can make. I do discuss what is reasonable rather than what is possible.”
Searle is founder and principal at Annie Searle & Associates LLC, a Seattle-based firm founded in 2009. Her background includes a ten year stint as a senior executive for enterprise risk services at Washington Mutual, and 15 years as president & CEO of Delphi Computers & Peripherals. She is an inaugural member of the International Hall of Fame for Women in Homeland Security & Emergency Management, a lifetime member of the Institute of American Entrepreneurs, and an affiliate faculty member in the University of Washington’s School of Information. She writes four times a year for the London-based magazine, The Risk Universe, and is the editor of Reflections on Risk Volume I, published in 2012.
Advice From A Risk Detective Second Edition (Tautegory Press, 2013) is available directly from Searle’s website, http://www.advicefromariskdetective.com, or from Amazon at $14.95. ISBN #978-0-9839347-5-2.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT “ADVICE FROM A RISK DETECTIVE”
“Life is a marvelous thing, except when events conspire to take you out, hurt you, steal your stuff, to trap you someplace you don’t want to be! In Advice from A Risk Detective, Annie Searle outlines many practical, simple steps for protecting you and the people important to you from a litany of threats. I suggest you buy it, read it, and highlight all the tips – but most of all – do what is outlined, and then show your friends….Highly recommended, easy to read.”
Founder, Swan Island Networks
Author of Silver Bullets
"Great reading and a 'must read' for everyone that wants to be prepared and stay safe at home, at school, at work, on line and on the road."
Executive Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Former DHS Assistant Secretary for Private Sector
“Annie Searle’s new book, Advice from a Risk Detective, is a “must read” for everyone. Her insights as an operational risk executive translated to everyday life help the reader know how to manage their own risks at home, at school, at work, on the internet and on the road. The checklists are invaluable. Buy one for yourself as well as for your loved ones!”
Catherine A. Allen
Chairman and CEO
The Santa Fe Group
“Annie Searle takes a down-to-earth approach to addressing the range of risks that confront us at home, work, on the road and online. She shares a personal perspective and history that enlivens and enriches what is too often a ‘check list’ mantra. There is no hype or unrealistic complexity here, just actionable insights that offer tremendous value to all.”
Bill Raisch, Director
Global Risk Network
International Center for Enterprise Preparedness
New York University
“Don’t be daunted by the innumerable risks of modern life. In this practical, handy reference book, Annie Searle serves as a personal risk consultant, providing concrete methods of reducing the dangers of such things as natural disasters, cyber-crime, and the hazards of social media. She provides concrete checklists and sources for additional information. The general public and risk management professionals alike will find this a useful and accessible tool for protecting themselves, their employees, and their respective families.”
Executive Director, ChicagoFIRST