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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.

Helpful advice on Ebola for business continuity professionals

Helpful advice on Ebola for business continuity professionals

Blog posts   •   Aug 06, 2014 12:12 BST

Ebola is the big news story of the moment, all the media are covering it and they seem to be competing with each other to raise the fear level. ‘Out of control’, ‘deadly’, ‘terror’, all those words appear in even the more restrained media publications. Many of us in the business continuity field will have had someone ask what planning we should do...

Keeping your eye on the ball (or your supply chain, that is)

Keeping your eye on the ball (or your supply chain, that is)

Blog posts   •   Aug 05, 2014 10:55 BST

Any professional dealing with supply chains knows how complicated its management is. Supply chain disruptions are Murphy’s Law exemplified – anything that can go wrong, will. In the last five years, respondents of the global BCI Supply Chain Resilience Survey have named all sorts of consequences that supply chain disruptions may bring.

10 Items which should be in a BCP (and are often forgotten!)

10 Items which should be in a BCP (and are often forgotten!)

Blog posts   •   Aug 04, 2014 16:53 BST

What should a business continuity plan contain? It's important to keep it concise and manageable, but I'm sure we all have our own ideas as to what the must have items are. Charlie Maclean-Bristol of PlanB Consulting takes us through what he thinks the top ten features of a good plan are.

The professional footpath for business continuity practitioners

The professional footpath for business continuity practitioners

Blog posts   •   Jul 18, 2014 10:12 BST

As Business Continuity continues its growth as a profession, the idea of certification and the membership of professional bodies are more frequently discussed at all levels of the organization – from those starting out their career in the industry, right up to the Board Room.

Preparing for the Commonwealth Games

Preparing for the Commonwealth Games

Blog posts   •   Jul 14, 2014 11:22 BST

Two years on from the London 2012 Olympic Games, the UK is set to play host yet again to one of the largest sporting events in the world – the Commonwealth Games, hosted by the city of Glasgow in Scotland. The Commonwealth Games may not be quite the same scale as the Olympic Games but the crowds will still be high.

Why your company values matter in embedding resilience

Why your company values matter in embedding resilience

Blog posts   •   Jun 27, 2014 08:48 BST

Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest tropical cyclone to have ever hit land and it lashed the Philippines with such fury last year. Many of us are familiar with the scale of death and destruction it caused, but few know about the positive stories emerging out of the storm. One of these stories involves a tiny island called Tulang Diyot which was in the direct path of Typhoon Haiyan.

Practice makes perfect

Practice makes perfect

Blog posts   •   Jun 11, 2014 09:56 BST

I used to do the Telegraph crossword years ago, after my mother-in-law got me into it (one of the two things for which she is to be applauded – the other being her daughter, obviously). Whilst I wouldn’t claim to be an expert, I did go from not having the faintest idea what most of the clues meant to the point where I managed to finish it more often than not.

Football World Cup: a disruptive influence or an opportunity?

Football World Cup: a disruptive influence or an opportunity?

Blog posts   •   May 27, 2014 16:58 BST

The long wait is nearly over. On June 12th Brazil take on Croatia at the Arena de Sao Paulo in Brazil to officially kick start one of the biggest, if not the biggest, sporting event in the world – the football World Cup. Over the course of 31 days, 32 countries will battle it out in 64 games for the right to be crowned world champions.