Archive | 2011

Oz’s Business Continuity Tip of the Month : “Believe it or not?”

Do you believe in Father Christmas? For some, perhaps the more innocent or naïve amongst us, he’s real. For others, perhaps those of us who are a little more worldly-wise, he’s completely fictional; a myth; a charming fairy story. Many of us get to a certain age and start to question our previously perceived reality; maybe start […]

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Oz’s Business Continuity Blog : “Out of the blue”

In a few of my previous blogs (‘Fit for the job?‘, ‘In the limelight‘, ‘Mid-life crisis management‘ and ‘A team effort‘)  I’ve mentioned that I’m a re-invigorated hockey player, having been dragged kicking and screaming back into the sport by my sons a few years ago. In fairness, ‘re-invigorated’ is my word for it – some of my […]

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Oz’s Business Continuity Tip of the Month : “A personnel challenge?”

One assumption that’s very often made is that the HR department will handle any and all people issues that might arise as a result of invoking our incident management or business continuity plans. Which, on the surface, probably seem like a reasonable assumption to make. But let’s just take a moment to think about what […]

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Not what it seems

I was walking Barney recently when someone stopped to say hello. To him, not me – he’s always the first one that people talk to, I can’t think why. “I love Springers”, she said, when she eventually acknowledged my presence, “in fact I have two myself”. “Actually, he’s a Field Spaniel” I replied, to  which she asked “are you […]

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Oz’s Business Continuity Tip of the Month : “The unsung hero”

The trouble with managing risks successfully is that the benefits often go completely unnoticed. When things go horribly wrong it can be very visible – sometimes quite dramatic, sometimes quite distressing. But when we avoid things going wrong people are often none the wiser. And people generally don’t give much thought to the risk that […]

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Reading and writing

It may not have escaped your notice but I quite like writing. I like reading too, although with everything else vying for my attention, I don’t get nearly enough time to read for pleasure. On the writing front, I blog when I can, although not as often as I’d like, I write my ‘Tip of the Month’, the […]

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Oz’s Business Continuity Tip of the Month : “Perfuming the Pig!”

Anyone can write a business continuity plan. In fact that’s the easy bit. And it’s just as easy to make the plan look very convincing. A few names and contact details, a smattering of checklists and a bit of blurb at the start about how seriously we take business continuity in our organisation can work […]

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Oz’ Business Continuity Blog : “One day at a time”

This week saw a significant milestone in the Osborne household and, regrettably, one of my worst fears realised. Yes, my younger son was officially proclaimed to be taller than me! It’s not as if I didn’t see it coming – he’s been sneaking up on me height-wise for a while now – but all of a sudden the fear […]

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It’s just not cricket

Sunday is cricket day for the Osborne boys during the summer. Last Sunday’s match was away at Nether Whitacre, a lovely little village cricket club about an hour’s drive from Chez Osborne. We set off with just about enough time to spare with the car loaded up to the gunwales – myself, my two sons, another member of the team, Mrs […]

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