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Cultural Calamity: Culture Driven Risk Management Disasters and How to Avoid Them by Joseph W. Mayo is a nonfiction business book that offers strategies for managing disasters. The author indicates a surprising link between organizational culture and disasters. Combining current industry case studies with real-life examples, the author offers ground-breaking solutions to disasters, while at the same time underlining the conditions that can fuel any disaster.
Joseph W. Mayo is an award winning project manager and an internationally recognized risk management expert, and he brings to this work, slim as it is, a whole load of insights, information and practical advice on risk management. His Risk Hurricane Model stands out powerfully. The chapter that deals with spotting and avoiding risk pitfalls was brilliant; it spoke to me and I found it to be very relevant. Written in a very easy-to-grasp, popular style, this book is a tool that every organization should have. The simplicity of the writing is a telling truth that the author is confident and very comfortable in talking about risk management, and the reader immediately feels assured that he or she is listening to an expert.
One doesn’t doubt, as they read on, that most of the losses suffered by organizations and businesses in times of disaster could be avoided if decision makers had access to the invaluable information in this book. In this book, readers will find the road map to navigating the complex problems that come along with disasters, and find the tools to determine the most suitable, most effective, and most efficient strategy that responds to risks that can be costly. Cultural Calamity: Culture Driven Risk Management Disasters and How to Avoid Them is the blueprint for the best leadership in times of crisis, a must-read for all leaders.