Author: Dennis Potter

Disruptive Event Management: Why might it be important?

Posted by Dennis Potter on September 20, 2017

When an organization is hit with an event that carries the potential for impacting its employees in some fashion, it affects their ability to perform their work, which often affects the productivity of the organization, which, of course, can hit the bottom line. The organization can take a variety of responses, including the basic “ostrich […]

Handling the Aftermath of a Hurricane

Posted by Dennis Potter on September 12, 2017

As those impacted by Hurricane Harvey began cleanup, Hurricane Irma made a path for Florida, and wildfires burned out of control in the western states, I was traveling by car from New Orleans to Jackson, Mississippi, with my friend Wallace. These horrendously devastating events reminded us of Hurricane Katrina, which swept through Louisiana just 15 […]

Five principles underlying responding to a workplace event

Posted by Dennis Potter on March 6, 2017

In this video R3 contributor and DEM expert, Dennis Potter, LMSW, reviews the five underlying principles, that experts agree, should be the foundation of any workplace response. He takes time to discuss each principle briefly and offer his insight and some practical tips.

Atypical Events: Rush to Judgement?

Posted by Dennis Potter on February 8, 2017

What is the difference between a “typical event” and an “atypical” event? We are never quite sure until we determine the details. When I am called to respond to an organization that has been hit with a potentially disruptive event, I always attempt to gather as much information as I can about the event to […]

Introduction to PDE

Posted by Dennis Potter on February 6, 2017

In this video R3 contributor and DEM expert, Dennis Potter, LMSW, discusses a change in mindset and terminology.  Deliberately moving away from crisis response to potentially disruptive event (PDE) to better define the events found in today’s workplace.

Post Traumatic Growth

Posted by Dennis Potter on October 18, 2016

Much attention has been given to the sometimes negative effects of a Potentially Disruptive Event (PDE) in the workplace. But are the after effects all bad? Recent research done in the field of Positive Psychology has indicated that for some people, there is a life improvement as a result of going through a life changing […]

Managers Guide to Suicide Postvention

Posted by Dennis Potter on September 6, 2016

When an employee or a member of an employee’s family completes a suicide, it can be very disruptive to the workplace. Often times, a manager wants to be able to do something to help, and to get the workplace back to productivity. This edition of Inside Crisis offers some ideas on how to help managers […]

Responding to University based events

Posted by Dennis Potter on August 16, 2016

When a Potentially Disruptive Event (PDE) hits a university, it is often very different effects.  The culture of a university, the needs of the students, the faculty and parents make it a very challenging opportunity. This edition of Inside Crisis gives some ideas of handling a response within a university.