Blog posts

How social media can improve organisational resilience when disaster strikes

Sep 17, 2014 12:30 BST The Business Continuity Institute 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

Sep 12, 2014 15:02 BST The Business Continuity Institute 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 organizational resilience – the real justification for business continuity

Sep 10, 2014 10:43 BST The Business Continuity Institute 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

Sep 09, 2014 10:09 BST The Business Continuity Institute 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

Sep 05, 2014 10:13 BST The Business Continuity Institute 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

Sep 04, 2014 08:23 BST The Business Continuity Institute 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

Sep 03, 2014 10:03 BST The Business Continuity Institute 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

Aug 22, 2014 10:29 BST The Business Continuity Institute "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

Aug 21, 2014 09:14 BST The Business Continuity Institute 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

Aug 18, 2014 15:03 BST The Business Continuity Institute 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.