An exercise is an instrument to train for, assess, practice, and build capability in a risk-free environment. Exercises enable leaders to test their decision-making in a crisis or emergency situation, while exposing organisational vulnerabilities so that they may be acted on in advance. In the current volatile risk landscape, organisations are facing an increasing likelihood of being confronted with a crisis – be it cyber security, supply chain, terrorism, pandemics, natural disasters, data breaches, IT outages or other unexpected events. Exercises can also be used for:
- testing and validating policies, plans, procedures, training, equipment, and supplier agreements,
- training for and clarifying roles and responsibilities,
- improving coordination and communications,
- identifying organisational vulnerabilities and gaps in resources,
- enhancing individual and collective performance, and
- identifying opportunities for improvement.
“We are always very self-critical when assessing our performance. Having external experts verifying that we are good at handling sudden unforeseen incidents and at the same time helping us to see what we need to work on – that’s what makes all the difference – and that’s why it’s so valuable working with the professionals like 4C Strategies.”
Mikael Edwards, Head of Crisis Management at TUI Nordic.
What do we do?
4C Strategies helps organisations to rigorously evaluate their resilience arrangements and assess whether they are fit-for-purpose in responding to incidents and crises. We deliver exercise management services to develop key capabilities in the areas of risk management, business continuity and incident and crisis management. This ranges from relatively simple workshops, through to tabletop and simulation or command-post exercises – where multiple elements of an organisation’s resilience capability can be subject to analysis and review.
Any exercise must be customised to your needs and we would welcome the opportunity to discuss how we can help deliver an exercise or a longer-term capability development program. We offer four exercise models as a basis for that discussion: