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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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Does BCM have delusions of grandeur?

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Before any of the seasoned professionals spill their coffee, please allow me to state my case once more; I love BCM. I don’t need Valentines Day to show my emotions and passion; I wear my heart on my sleeve.

Love is a bit like doing the hustle; don’t just say it, do it
Now I am not as learned as some of the excellent professionals across the Business Continuity Management (BCM) world; I do not claim to be and perhaps I may openly admit, (on a day of loving) to not truly reading every article that is ever produced regarding the subject. Especially the science-based, academic theory papers. There comes a point when you can’t keep reading, you have to put into practice and learn from the life experiences.
I have life skills as well as professional ones

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BCM Passion a cardigan

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Why would I have the audacity, to make a ‘selfie’ BCM video blog, wearing a cardigan? #wtf Firstly, the answer is revealed within the video (see below) and trust me, it was cold out ‘on location’! But why would I make a video at all when it is far easier to sit back with a coffee and write another resilience based article? Why should I put myself in the spotlight to be scorned and dismissed by the ‘BC establishment’ when it would be easier to follow the well trodden path of normality and, the same old, same old?

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Motivated or CBA?

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Have you ever put your mobile device on charge and then discovered, sometime later, that you never switched the power on? A real ‘Grrr’ moment and perhaps even a #ffs if you were in a hurry! This happened to me the other day and when I told my wife, she said that sums me up from time to time.

“You’re plugged in ready to charge but your not switched on”
It made me think about life and work and that this statement is pretty much like any organization; not just on a Monday but any day of the week. Sometimes we set off with great intention and purpose, only to find we are ‘deflated’ by the actions of others (or lack of), such as leaders and teams. This creates the ‘CBA’ phenomenon (Can’t be Arsed), which occurs from time to time across most people and most organizations.
But what sets us apart, is those that do and those that don’t

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BCM is not boring; but the video could be

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Have you watched (or even been forced to watch) a Business Continuity Management (BCM) video? Perhaps it was during your training or as the BC manager, you tried to convince the organization to invest in BC capabilities? Whatever the reason was, the question is, just how much did it actually Continue Reading

The Business of Continuity: why it’s not unusual to be loved by anyone

Friday, January 27th, 2017

As a child, I remember pretending to be Tom Jones; using a spoon as a makeshift microphone and doing my best to sing his classic hit ‘it’s not unusual’. The audience in my imagination was huge, but in reality, it was just two people listening. I didn’t mind. Continue Reading

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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