Risk Communication

Subject: Risk Communication
From: DAVID IBBETSON <ibbetson -at- IDIRECT -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Jun 1996 22:35:20 -0400

Rick Lippincourt writes:
>If I were in a position like the one described above, and had lost the fight,
>I think I'd put together a "Pearl Harbor" file. Write a couple of memos
>to the higher ups that makes it clear you disagree with the decision and
>are concerned about the consequences, save some draft pages that show the
>material in place...and tuck copies of this away someplace safe. That way,
>if it hits the fan, at least the company won't be able to pin the blame all
>on you.

This is good general advice. At one conglomerate I worked for we had an
inquisition into awarding contracts because of an impropriety in another
part of the firm. I was able to show that, in a superficially doubtful case,
I had taken three quotes and given the contract to the cheapest.

The limit is the large pile of paper that goes around with you. Home workers
may have to choose between a document room and a baby's bedroom.

David (the single idiot) Ibbetson
David Ibbetson ibbetson -at- idirect -dot- com
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