by John Bandler
People: Humans, or Homo Sapiens, are indisputably the most difficult and destructive of all species on our planet and even the universe.
Not withstanding our faults lets reflect for a second on how important people are to what we do.
Consider what people do regarding organization cybersecurity and policies and procedures:
- Lead organizations and need employees to follow them and do what is right
- Write policies and procedures for other people to read
- Read policies and procedures and need to understand and follow them
- Attempt to commit cybercrimes (we need to protect against these criminals)
- Be subjected to cybercrime attacks
- Fall victim to cybercrime attacks (we need to build their knowledge and awareness to make good decisions)
- Make decisions that are important for the organization
- Make daily decisions about whether to click links, provide information, etc.
- Attempt to convey meaning with words
- Attempt to understand what someone else is conveying
- Are on a project team
- Do work for an organization or team
- Will be asked to approve a project team's work.
It would be great if people made decisions based on facts, logic, and reason. But that is not always the case.
This article is (of course) not tailored to your circumstances, nor is it legal or consulting advice.
Thinking about people can help improve the product or result. With policies and procedures, it is not just about the result, the final document. It is about the journey and the process.
If your organization needs help with improving its internal documentation and policies and procedures, feel free to contact me.
- See my book on Policies and Procedures which has a chapter devoted to this.
- Five Components for Policy Work
- Project management
- Document project management
This article is hosted at https://johnbandler.com/people, copyright John Bandler, all rights reserved.
This article is also available on Medium.com at NOT YET (though not kept as up to date).
Originally posted 2/11/2024, updated 2/11/2024.