Monday, January 26, 2015

Juno, we're looking over your shoulder...

Juno (Latin: Iūno [ˈjuːno]) is an ancient Roman goddess, the protector and special counselor of the state. She is a daughter of Saturn and sister (but also the wife) of the chief god Jupiter and the mother of Mars and Vulcan.

Central Park today. Instgaram Photo, Andrew Lee Taylor

Northeast public officials have declared states of emergency in advance of Winter Storm Juno, which is likely to cause significant inconvenience and perhaps dangers to public safety as well -- though that is certainly the point of the emergency declarations.

Of all the stories I've seen, the most charming is from The New Yorker's Andy Borowitz, who trumpeted "FEMA Warning:  Internet Outages Caused by Blizzard Could Force People to Interact."  He's right, it could be a golden opportunity to lay down the technology and spend some time with family, neighbors and friends...and your generator.

Hopefully those who could be affected have stocked up on food, water, batteries, diesel (for the generator), and have made a trip to the library so as to have real books on hand to read.   And a battery-operated radio as well, so as to understand how long the storm will persist.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Attention Deficit Disorder and Risk

Here's an interview with me that PR for People's The Connector magazine published last month, in which I opine on a variety of operational risks, including your own personal risks.

Dear Member of the Board

Here's my latest column for The Risk Universe, that makes some recommendations on how boards of directors can up their game where corporate oversight is concerned  It's called "Dear Member of the Board."

There's a lot of responsibility in any corporation at three levels in particular: senior management, the C-Suite, and boards of directors.  Since the Sarbanes-Oxley Act charges boards with a range of responsibilities, understanding them and just how one can become a smarter board member is essential.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Terrorism in Paris

Another blow this morning to public safety and to the role of satire in our society.  It appears that the terrorist attack and killings were yet another attempt to increase the distrust of large Muslim populations in Europe.  We each are diminished by such slaughter.  The image above is from Twitter.

I'm trying to stay on task despite the events in Paris.  I've finished and shipped a new article titled "Dear Member of the Board" for the January issue of The Risk Universe magazine.  I've accepted two new speaking engagements. And I'm about half way through my lecture notes for the first class in my introductory risk course for UW graduate students tomorrow evening. 

My column for this month's issue of ASA News & Notes will be the next project in the queue, and will look more closely at the increasing reach of terrorism.