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Risk it for a biscuit

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Risk management isn’t a risky business. Managing risks is a staple diet of any business, regardless of their size or complexity. But some businesses have teams of highly skilled, highly educated and qualified professionals to manage the organizational risk assurance process. Risks are project managed.

Some businesses on the other hand, have just one person in charge of everything. Billy no mates. Keep on reading!

Take one for the team

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

We all need to do it at some point!

There are good jobs and bad jobs. You know the kind of shitty jobs, that no one else wants to do or just can’t be arsed to do; and they land at your feet with the immortal words ‘go on, take one for the team’.

And before you know it…you’re doing ‘it’… (whatever ‘it’ maybe!)

It could be dealing with the difficult person or attending the boring, ‘that’s another two hours of your life you’ll never get back’ meeting or the ‘it’, could be, a physical task causing a spontaneous grimace to breakout on your face. It might even be just getting rid of the spider from the house. Keep on reading!

No More Excuses

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

On holiday recently, I had time to reflect a bit, as we do; take stock and look at what I was doing and where I was going. What was influencing me in certain ways with my professional and personal life and just what was, my own contribution to ‘getting to where I wanted to be’? Who I want to be and who I am?

With my headphones on by the pool and covered in a high factor lotion to protect my hairless head and pale skin, I put the playlist on shuffle mode and lay back for some excellent people watching; a brilliantly free pastime of course!

Everyone else around the pool seemed to be, on face value at least, content with where they were, what they were doing and perhaps, they knew their destinations in life. Or possibly not? Only they know their own answer.

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Conventionality belongs to yesterday

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

The Past

During my previous career, I managed emergencies and crisis, in one form or another; and over the last two and half years or so, I’ve helped to coach and develop others, to help enable emergency and business continuity management to be enhanced and achieved.

I like to think I have broken down a few barriers with my style of writing and approach but I guess the old guard might still think otherwise. Traditional and formal old boys network approaches remain in the dominance in places.

But I still believe we have a great opportunity in front of us, to take resilience forward and onto another level. We can do it!

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Naked Resilience

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

“Our resilience starts as an emotion, not a process”

‘Beautiful girl (stay with me)’

Our personal resilience does not start with a negative emotion; it is not driven first and foremost by the scars, anger and sadness of failing. Those tears that come during and after a crisis, when people have to pick up the pieces of their lives or businesses.

Personal resilience, enables the feeling of being more free to fly into the world; face whatever adversity or negativity will charge towards us.

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Don’t let someone burst your bubble

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Life is a bit like the soap bubble. We have great hopes and visions of what will be when we shake our bottle and get ready to blow.

We have an idea of where we want to go with the bubbles; we have checked the direction. We undertake a bit of a  ‘mini-risk assessment’ but without the need for a boring matrix and a two hour meeting.

Bubble production is not an overly complex process and in this time precious world, sometimes you don’t even have to make the effort to blow; you can just pull trigger and it does it for you!

Blown away

The bubbles come in all shapes and sizes as they emerge from the ‘gadget’ and our experience tells us that sometimes,  it is sadly over before its begun. But sometimes the bubble exceeds all expectations. The colours are beautiful as it catches the light and we feel that sense of happiness and a smile emerges.

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Resilient imagination beats brains

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Now I’m not the world’s most intelligent man; I grew up thinking that Ellesmere Port was one pound a bottle! But I do believe my imagination is up there with the best of them.

Mr Einstein was, I believe, a very intelligent man. So who am I or others to quash his sayings, especially when the resilience profession likes to constantly utilise such to promote the need for greater preparedness.

In the business resilience profession today, we have an amazing amount of talented, academic and skilled professionals applying their knowledge and wisdom on what is best for businesses, organizations and the like.

In addition, we have equally amazing new professionals studying and working hard to forge a career in an exciting profession.

It is a brilliant, exciting time for the resilience world We have enormous establishments and government officials with a wealth of letters and titles which proceed their names. They have worked exceptionally hard to achieve great recognition and reward for their status and we admire them immensely.

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Why it’s so amazing to be different

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

To some in the resilience profession, I stick out like a sore thumb. But I know that; I am happy with being different. It is so amazing to be different. I am not the average ‘image’ of today’s, resilience professional. That is simply because, I am not.

Today, the global resilience industry is just that; it’s global. It’s magnitude is immense. It doesn’t matter what field of play you want to be in within the resilience spectrum; it’s growth and strength continues to rise. BCM The Movie: The world is not enough

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BCM The Movie

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

If they made a movie of BCM, I wonder what the plot would be? Who would be the heroes and villains? And what type of movie would it actually be?

Would it be an all-action packed thriller? A sci-fi or a romcom perhaps? I know all BC and resilience professionals have a great sense of humour and show some passion! It could be an adventure movie or a historical period drama? Or what about an animated movie for all the family? A horror or maybe, a gangster film? I guess people would expect it to be disaster movie…

Hopefully in terms of the plot and not the box office takings!

Scene 1: Act 1

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BCM – the haystack in the needle

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Sometimes, when we are looking to find something amongst a mass of confusion and complexity, we use the old saying ‘it’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack’. Generally, it is a figure of speech to describe something that is (near) impossible or difficult to do and achieve; the needle… in the haystack.

But what has this got to do with Business Continuity Management (BCM) in 2017?

For many businesses and organizations, BCM is no longer about finding the needle in a haystack; the needle that can cause a disruption and pain. No, to many, BCM has become more like the heavy unwieldy haystack of confusion, that we can see, through the eye of the needle and we know it exists.

“Let’s leave the needle where it is because I can’t be arsed tackling the haystack!”

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Paul M Kudray


International leader in business resilience consultancy, training and coaching; Paul is an ex-emergency services commander who finished an exemplary 32 year career in the UK healthcare sector, working for the NHS – culminating in 7½ years as the Director of Resilience for one of the world’s largest ambulance services, NWAS NHS Trust. He now works with private and public sector clients around the world, training, advising, coaching and mentoring them at the highest levels about emergency and business continuity management. He is a business resilience innovator.

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