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Drones & Airports

11 JANUARY 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week Charlie shares his thoughts on the recent drone incidents at Heathrow and Gatwick airport. Following the incident at Heathrow Airport on Tuesday, with one of the runways having to close, and with the recent shut down at Gatwick Airport I thought I would write this week’s bulletin on drones. When the shutdown of Gatwick occurred on the 19 - 2...

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5 Business Continuity Predictions for 2019

04 JANUARY 2019 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week Charlie shares his business continuity predictions for 2019. Happy new year to all readers. I hope you have had a good Christmas and New Year. For the first bulletin of the year, I am going to be bold and make five business continuity predictions for 2019. We can then revisit them at the end of the year and see if they come true! Volatility globa...

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Charlie's Top Ten BCCM Books for Christmas

14 DECEMBER 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Charlie counts down his top 10 Business Continuity and Crisis Management books, as recommended by you. Thanks to all those who replied to my bulletin request, LinkedIn post and tweets. Here is my list of book recommendations, which you may want to give to those who don’t know what to buy you for Christmas! 1. Crisis Ready: Building an Invincible Bran...

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What lessons can we learn from Marriott’s response to their Cyber Breach?

07 DECEMBER 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week, Charlie discusses the Marriott hotel hack and how you can prepare your organisation for a potential data breach. You couldn’t have missed the Marriott hotel’s cyber breach and the possible loss of up to 500 million customer records in the news last week. There are a number of lessons we can learn from their response and we can use thi...

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LA LA LA I am not listening...

23 NOVEMBER 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Charlie argues that during some crises it is best not to listen to the angry voices attacking you, but to keep quiet and weather the storm, which will quickly dissipate. This week I have been in the Caribbean where the main TV stations are American, so I have been watching a lot of CNN. Not particularly because I like CNN, but because I am fascinated by the...

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Avoiding Groupthink: Decision Making During A Crisis

16 NOVEMBER 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week, Charlie looks at decision making during incidents and offers some tools and techniques that he has picked up through his research. For a while now, I have been thinking about and looking at ways of making decisions during incidents and have been looking at simple tools and techniques that I can teach to incident management teams. There is an art ...

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Seminar Success at BCI World 2018

13 NOVEMBER 2018 | POSTED BY ROGER BROOMFIELD

Last week, our Principal Consultant Ewan Donald hosted one of the first Exhibition Seminars at BCI World 2018. Over 50 people attended his session, 'Ready to Respond: Lessons from the North Sea Oil & Gas Industry', which reflected on his experiences responding to serious incidents as a Control Room Operator, Crisis & Continuity Management Adv...

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What Does BCI World 2018 Tell Us About the BC Profession?

09 NOVEMBER 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Following another successful BCI World, Charlie reflects on his observations from his time at the conference. This week, the BC Training and PlanB Consulting team shared a stand at the conference, so I thought I would share some thoughts and observations on the conference and how the events that occurred relate to the wider profession. Thanks to all those o...

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Effects of Stress on Incident Teams

26 OCTOBER 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

This week Charlie looks at the physical effects which occur when individuals are faced with an incident and the methods that can be used to counteract them. I was in Dubai yesterday and every time I visit the city, I always feel that it is the city of the future, with its fantastic array of skyscrapers, its driverless metro and its clean streets. So, this w...

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You Are On Your Own Mate...

12 OCTOBER 2018 | POSTED BY CHARLIE MACLEAN-BRISTOL

Charlie discusses the the recent earthquake and tsunami in the Indonesian city of Palu and the importance of taking responsibility for protecting yourself as much as possible during incidents. I said last week I would write something on the Palu earthquake and tsunami. As the title suggests, I thought I would talk about taking personal responsibility for lo...

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