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Genoa: The city where maths kills people

Genoa: The city where maths kills people

Blog posts   •   Oct 22, 2014 12:19 BST

On October 9th, 2014 the BCI Italian Forum was launched, the first Business Continuity Institute affiliated network in Italy for business continuity professionals. In a conference held in Milan, I had the chance to point out how the culture on this topic in our country is still very low and how it is important to pursue a radical change in mentality and in the approach to crisis management.

Business continuity vs risk management

Business continuity vs risk management

Blog posts   •   Oct 20, 2014 15:02 BST

According to ISO22301, business continuity is defined as the capability of an organisation to continue the delivery of its products or services at acceptable predefined levels following a disruptive incident. Risk management on the other hand is the systematic process of understanding, evaluating and addressing the risks that an organisation faces in order to mitigate against them.

Deriving X factors to support your BCM programme

Deriving X factors to support your BCM programme

Blog posts   •   Oct 17, 2014 12:54 BST

Obtaining management commitment for resources and funding for BCM programme implementation and sustainability is always a prime challenge for most of our fellow professionals. We are continuously struggling in selecting the most effective approach to secure a dynamic business continuity programme.

Design and implementation of a business continuity management programme

Design and implementation of a business continuity management programme

Blog posts   •   Oct 16, 2014 11:51 BST

At the BCI World Conference and Exhibition Mel Gosling MBCI will be presenting a selection of the material used in the Business Continuity Institute’s five day BCM course, highlighting the main elements of the process, and exploring some of the issues that need to be understood in the Design and Implementation stages of the process.

ISO22301 certification at the UK's Houses of Parliament

ISO22301 certification at the UK's Houses of Parliament

Blog posts   •   Oct 10, 2014 10:50 BST

"If you don’t know where you are going you’ll probably end up somewhere else!” At the BCI World Conference in November I’ve been asked to run a session on two key stages of the BC Lifecycle; Policy and Programme Management and Embedding BC into the organisation. Can you imagine my excitement?!

Think you're an expert in business continuity?

Think you're an expert in business continuity?

Blog posts   •   Oct 09, 2014 16:47 BST

Jeopardy, The Weakest Link, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, or perhaps just the local pub quiz. Everyone likes a good game show to challenge the mind and to test whether you really are as knowledgeable as you think you are. This is why, to end the BCI World Conference and Exhibition on a high, the Business Continuity Institute along with Crisis Guardian, will be hosting their very own game show.

Scotland’s choice

Scotland’s choice

Blog posts   •   Sep 18, 2014 12:44 BST

The campaign leading up to the independence referendum has been impassioned with both sides presenting their competing visions of Scotland. Nationalists have framed an emotional appeal based on Scottish heritage. Unionists, equally as passionate, focused on Scotland’s unique contributions to the ‘family of nations’ in the United Kingdom.

How social media can improve organisational resilience when disaster strikes

How social media can improve organisational resilience when disaster strikes

Blog posts   •   Sep 17, 2014 12:30 BST

During the recovery phase following the devastating earthquakes that hit the South Island of New Zealand in 2010 and 2011, social media stayed an important part of people’s lives. Social media enabled people to connect with each other for emotional support, information, calls to action or organizational purposes.

Learning from experience by blogging

Learning from experience by blogging

Blog posts   •   Sep 12, 2014 15:02 BST

During my time studying business continuity, we were forced by our lecturers to take an additional module on reflective writing (as part of our personal development) and I really didn’t want to do it. I just couldn’t get my head around the value of exploring my thoughts retrospectively. Why should I use my valuable time in completing what is essentially a diary?

Improving organisational resilience – the real justification for business continuity

Improving organisational resilience – the real justification for business continuity

Blog posts   •   Sep 10, 2014 10:43 BST

Although the term resiliency is widely used in setting corporate goals, it is rarely defined in a way in which it can be meaningfully assessed. Traditionally business continuity has provided a proven means of reducing the severity of disruptions by understanding the priorities of the business, the infrastructure that supports them and the acceptable timescales for response and recovery.

Rules of crisis management: don't let lightning strike twice

Rules of crisis management: don't let lightning strike twice

Blog posts   •   Sep 09, 2014 10:09 BST

The great Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw famously once said of success, that it “does not consist in never making mistakes, but in never making the same mistake a second time”. In much the same way this rule can be applied to crisis management. To suffer a crisis once is unfortunate; to suffer a crisis a second time is careless.

The CPD merry-go-round: Why individuals struggle to stay on for the ride

The CPD merry-go-round: Why individuals struggle to stay on for the ride

Blog posts   •   Sep 05, 2014 10:13 BST

Ever groaned at the thought of undertaking more CPD, to add to another yearly record? You are not alone: The CPD Research Project found that thousands of professionals in the UK have a great deal of apathy, and negativity, towards their CPD. Many struggle to keep motivated and focused on its true purpose - upholding best practice and ensuring professional qualifications don't become obsolete.

The development of organisational resilience

The development of organisational resilience

Blog posts   •   Sep 04, 2014 08:23 BST

With the search for the comprehension and understanding of the meaning of organisational resilience gathering pace with each passing month, the Business Continuity Institute is now well embedded, perhaps even pivotal, in this latest quest to push forward the boundaries of the thinking and theories that relate to protecting and maintaining the value of organisations.

Seven deadly sins of business continuity plans

Seven deadly sins of business continuity plans

Blog posts   •   Sep 03, 2014 10:03 BST

Recently I gave a talk at the beginning of a workshop entitled 'The Seven Deadly Sins of Business Continuity Plans' and I thought I would share the main points with you.

Business continuity and the non profit sector

Business continuity and the non profit sector

Blog posts   •   Aug 22, 2014 10:29 BST

"I always imagined a few people on the phones in a small office taking calls, not a big office with actual departments, and definitely not anyone thinking about business continuity and risks." Over the past year I have heard this line said to me in varying forms when I have explained that I give advice on corporate risk and business continuity in the non profit sector.

Protecting yourself from a social backlash

Protecting yourself from a social backlash

Blog posts   •   Aug 21, 2014 09:14 BST

The first tweet was sent just over eight years ago when creator Jack Dorsey typed up "just setting up my twttr" and it pinged into the history books. Since then the growth of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other lesser known platforms has fundamentally changed the way we process events and read content. Despite this, the majority of executives are still terrified of social media.

Scottish independence - for better for worse

Scottish independence - for better for worse

Blog posts   •   Aug 18, 2014 15:03 BST

Throughout Scotland, at the moment, all conversations seem to quite quickly move on to the topic of the independence debate. We as business continuity people know that if you shut your mind off to unlikely events then they tend to catch you out. So my call to action is for BC managers to examine their exposure to Scottish independence and then identify and mitigate any potential risks.

Can you work with just a mobile phone and internet connection?

Can you work with just a mobile phone and internet connection?

Blog posts   •   Aug 13, 2014 10:14 BST

Next time someone says to you “I can just work from wherever I am, as long as I have my mobile phone and an internet connection,” I strongly suggest you challenge them to prove it. Because some things are a lot easier said than done.

The value of continuous learning

The value of continuous learning

Blog posts   •   Aug 12, 2014 09:18 BST

Primarily, I’m interested in business continuity. I’m also interested in improvement; that means self, organisation, personal and professional. And of course, I’m interested in education. I like to learn from my peers, colleagues, students and business partners, as well as by studying and maintaining focus on what is going on around us every day.

Are you equipped for the future of work?

Are you equipped for the future of work?

Blog posts   •   Aug 07, 2014 09:48 BST

The world around us is constantly changing. Some say we now live and work in a VUCA environment, characterised by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. So how do businesses survive (and thrive) when nothing ever stands still? Perhaps part of the answer is in continuous learning and development, which can enable individuals to be agile and responsive to each and every challenge.