Business Continuity Today

Business Continuity Today

BCT is a podcast that focuses on keeping your business up and running when disaster strikes. After a disaster 1 of 4 businesses will never open their doors again. We are going to talk about how to make sure your doors stay open after a disaster strikes.

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May 11, 2021 15 min
As we see the field and job of the Emergency and Business Continuity Manager move to a profession, how do we get there? Deliberate practice is what turns amateurs into professionals. Deliberate practice is absolutely essential for expert performance.

You may have heard the old saying Practice Makes Perfect? That is not true, if you practice poorly, your performance will suffer. The key distinction between doing and practicing is ...
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Emergency response exercises often have a high degree of interaction between the elements that have to be learned. This increases the natural complexity of the information that must be understood and the material that must be learned (Sweller, 1994). However, the achievement of learning goals is often only determined by observation. These observations are certainly valuable in their own right (e.g. detailed descriptions of events, ...
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Today the role of the emergency and business continuity manager includes outreach to all of the stakeholders in the organization and the community. Sharing information in the past was static, gamification can bring the audience to the emergency manager and interaction with stakeholders to a new level.

Gamification adds game-like elements to non-game situations to promote action and behavior change. It can come in multiple forms. T...
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Leadership is a core skill you need to be successful in emergency and business continuity management. Your leadership is critical during crises because you are more visible to the public and under pressure to perform effectively. After all, lives and property may be at stake.

Emergency/ Business Continuity Management can be complex when authority is shared, and resources are dispersed, expertise is scattered among other agencies an...
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William of Occam was an English Franciscan friar and philosopher who lived from 1287 to 1347. Perhaps his most famous contribution to philosophy (and a variety of other fields, such as mathematics, biology, religion, and others) is what has become known as Occam’s razor.
The principle is usually stated as: “Entities should not be multiplied without necessity.” Put another way: “The simplest solution is most likely the right one.” Th...
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John Boyd created a four-step process for making effective decisions in high-stakes situations called the OODA Loop. It involves collecting relevant information, recognizing potential biases, deciding, and acting, then repeating the process with new information.

Eric McNulty and his team at the NPLI took Boyd’s concept a little farther with the POP-DOC Loop by adding two steps. The POP-DOC Loop combines analysis and action into a ...
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March 23, 2021 16 min
Thinking it a process, Aristotle and Elon Musk us a process called First-principles thinking. This is one of the best ways to reverse-engineer complicated problems and unleash creative possibility. Sometimes called “reasoning from first principles,” the idea is to break down complicated problems into basic elements and then reassemble them from the ground up. It’s one of the best ways to learn to think for yourself, unlock your cr...
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To solve this problem and make decisions, the mind creates maps (mental models) of reality in order to understand it, because the only way we can process the complexity of reality is through abstraction. However we don’t understand our maps or their limits. In fact, we are so reliant on abstraction that we will frequently use an incorrect model simply because we feel any model is preferable to no model. The map is the tool the de...
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This is the second of four discussions on decision making. No one taught you how to decide, it is something that we just do. When we were children our parents did not go over the decision-making process or discuss mental models with us.

Learning to make effective decisions will have the greatest impact on your professional and personal life. I know because I have made many wrong decisions and learned that lesson from life.

Today, ...
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February 23, 2021 13 min
You may have heard that Texas has been impacted by one of the largest blackouts in the United States. What are some of the lessons that we have learned from this event? Can this be prevented in the future? Is Climate Change to blame? Is your organization ready for any type of hazard that can come it's way?

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According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 40-60% of small businesses close permanently after a disaster. Among businesses that are closed for at least five days, 90% fail within a year.

A good disaster plan means fewer days out of business, better communication with employees and customers, and a better settlement from your insurance company. Add it all up and your plan could be the reason your small business beats the o...
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Over the last decade, California has experienced increased, intense, and record-breaking wildfires in Northern and Southern California. These fires have resulted in a devastating loss of life and billions of dollars in damage to property and infrastructure. Electric utility infrastructure has historically been responsible for less than ten percent of reported wildfires; however, fires attributed to power lines comprise roughly half...
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February 2, 2021 11 min
Did you conduct an After Action Review after the last crisis or exercise? As the impacts from disasters and crises can stay with us long after the event is over. The recovery process may continue for some time, one of the best practices that are found to be extremely valuable after every disaster is the After Action Review. This process helps organizations to identify areas of improvement in plans while the event, actions, and time...
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Behind the scenes during disasters, scores of public information officers in state and local government agencies working 24-hour a day. They are frantically fielding facts and phone calls, rushing to get information to the news media and the public. While this work may not seem as critical to life safety, it is essential. Efficient, rapid, and accurate information flow during an emergency can save lives, especially during complex,...
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Preparing for and managing disaster has been considered the role of government. However years of catastrophic disasters, civil unrest and cyberattacks on critical infrastructure. It is clear that the private sector has a substantial role in emergency preparedness. The private sector at the same time are potential victims of disaster, and providers of resources that are urgently needed during disaster conditions, employers are as i...
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Are you a thinker, a planner, a person that looks for knowledge? To understand what you do not understand you need to recognize what you don’t know, and you must seek to fill in the gaps.

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Is your organization ready to be ready? Is your organization supporting preparedness ought not to be a question as we start 2021, however, I am sure you may have a limited budget? This week challenge your leadership to be better prepared in 2021.

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This year has been challenging for leaders. Before COVID-19 many people, leading teams were not tested by a Crisis. Over the last 8 months, the following 4 critical behaviors have become evident in the successful leader.

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When you think of Authentic Leadership Teddy Roosevelt is one man that comes to mind. Authentic is not asking people to do more with less. Saying you understand the pain. Or telling people that they have to roll up their sleeves and pull up their bootstraps. Authentic leaders ask one question, How can I help you be better. The Authentic Leader is a servant Leader.

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December 1, 2020 14 min
Resilience is especially important today because the business environment is becoming more dynamic and unpredictable. This is a result of several enduring forces stressing and stretching business systems — from accelerated technological evolution to a greater interconnectedness of the global economy to broader issues such as rising inequality, pandemic, and climate change.

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