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John Annunziello said "Do not be afraid to stand up for what you feel is
right. Managing risk is prevalent within every organization and RM is no
different."

I agree with John, but I would add that you need to document your stand
very thoroughly and very carefully. If something goes wrong--especially
if that happens because "they" didn't listen to you--it is possible that
Executive Management (and others) will go looking for a Scapegoat.

And you're an easier Scapegoat than legal.

Fred
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Sent: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 11:56
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Subject: Re: [RM] Vital Records

Hi Beatrice....

"But his is Legal, who will doubt their expertise in the field."

As I see it, what you need is a senior management champion to work on
your 
behalf.  This person is well respected within the organization and sees 
the need for good records management practices.  As a records manager
you 
need to sell your program to the organization.  In some cases records is

situated poorly within the pecking order of the company.  As a result, 
when you run into problems such as what you are encountering, they will 
listen to legal well ahead of you.  You need to work on positioning your

records program as a key program within your organization.  Sometimes it

is a fight that takes years but is well worth it in the end.  Your
program 
is then seen as vital to the success of the organization and you have
key 
senior staff behind your program who are willing to fight on your
behalf.

You almost need to be part marketer/sales manager/records manager.  Do
not 
be afraid to stand up for what you feel is right.  Managing risk is 
prevalent within every organization and RM is no different.  Perhaps if 
you approach it from this angle, you may get them to listen...and legal 
fully understands risk. 

Of course, you always have the option of moving on to another company
that 
realizes the importance of good RIM practices.  In some cases, this is
the 
only option.

John Annunziello, ermm
Manager, Records and Information 
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
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