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Oz’s Business Continuity Tip of the Month : “Under cover?”

“We’re insured, so why do we need a business continuity plan?” is a more common question than you might think, particularly amongst smaller businesses (and some larger ones too, actually). And it’s a reasonable question, if a tad naïve. Granted, there are a number of insurance options that may help from a business continuity perspective, […]

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Oz’s Business Continuity Tip of the Month : “Opportunity knocks”

It’s often said, albeit somewhat spuriously, that when written in Chinese the word ‘crisis’ is made up of two characters, one representing danger and the other representing opportunity. Whether that’s strictly true or not, it raises an interesting question in relation to our crisis management planning. The question is, when faced with some kind of […]

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Oz’s Business Continuity Tip of the Month : “Boxing clever”

It’s fairly common practice for those developing their organisation’s business continuity plans to think about some of the other useful stuff that the various teams might need in the event of the plans being invoked. The stuff in question might include important documents that complement the business continuity plan, such as floor plans, contact information […]

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Oz’s Business Continuity Tip of the Month : “A little knowledge can be dangerous”

This month we return to the subject of trauma and, more specifically, post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Many of us are familiar with the name and the acronym. Some of us may even be “armchair experts”, having seen the odd TV programme or movie which touches on the subject. But few of us will […]

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Oz’s Business Continuity Tip of the Month : “A matter of perception”

It almost goes without saying that effective crisis management needs a mechanism for spotting that you’re having one in the first place and a capable team who are able to make decisions and take appropriate actions to deal with the situation. And this is the focus of attention for many crisis management plans. But the […]

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Oz’s Business Continuity Tip of the Month : “Re. the BC plan”

With the new year in full swing, many of us will already have forgotten all about our resolutions, focussing instead on the challenges that lie ahead. A new year is often a time of significant change, and this year is likely to be no different. In fact, many of us may be facing the prospect […]

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Oz’s Business Continuity Tip of the Month : “Rudolph the red-faced business continuity manager” (a Christmas tale – sort of!)

Once upon a time there was a senior manager called Rudolph who, on top of his myriad other responsibilities, was put in charge of the business continuity programme. Now Rudolph was a busy chap with a lot on his plate. He didn’t have time for detail. And anyway, disasters never happen, do they? Well, only […]

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Oz’s business continuity tip of the month : “A bag of spanners?”

A question that comes up from time to time is what form the incident management and business recovery plans should take – should they be scenario-based or generic? Some organisations favour the former and some the latter but, before you make the decision, there are some important considerations. One method used by advocates of the […]

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