Blog posts

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.

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

Aug 13, 2014 10:14 BST The Business Continuity Institute 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

Aug 12, 2014 09:18 BST The Business Continuity Institute 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?

Aug 07, 2014 09:48 BST The Business Continuity Institute 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

Aug 06, 2014 12:12 BST The Business Continuity Institute 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)

Aug 05, 2014 10:55 BST The Business Continuity Institute 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!)

Aug 04, 2014 16:53 BST The Business Continuity Institute 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

Jul 18, 2014 10:12 BST The Business Continuity Institute 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.