Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Human Capital & Emergency Succession Planning

Human Capital & Emergency Succession Planning

The pandemic certainly has changed things - work, home life, school, socializing, etc. - in ways we would never have imagined. We work at home, school at home, socialize over Zoom, have our groceries delivered, and take all the precautions needed to keep ourselves and our families safe. At present, there is no real end in sight to COVID-19 and no view into what “normal” might look like in the future because the situation changes all the time. It’s hard to know if anyone has figured out the real impact of the pandemic on our home and work lives. For this reason, business continuity planning takes on even more importance since poor planning can hurt our ability to continue day-to-day operations. 

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020


January 15, 2020 - The recent situation with Iran brings again to mind the need to be aware of the potential for terrorism, both from overseas and from US actors who have been radicalized. While many of us have kept the possibility of terrorism in our sights, many others have become lax in their risk assessment and planning for the effects of terrorism. We hope these articles will help you refocus on this threat.

Terrorism is never far from the headlines and while the impact on human lives is, of course, the biggest and most important consequence of a terrorist incident, it is not the only one; businesses need to prepare for the potential impacts. (Item #1)

Effectively communicating information in a crisis is an important part of business continuity planning. Get the steps to follow in this emergency communication plan template. (Item #2)

Terrorism insurance is a corporate necessity and there are coverage options.  Can you rely upon your insurance plan to protect your business interests? (Item #3)

In light of the recent attempted mail bombings, the deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, and a rise in hate-related incidents, two of the country’s top experts in terrorism and homeland security discuss present and future threats to and in the United States.  (Item #4)

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Communications & Business Continuity

December 11, 2019 - Communication is a critical component of planning for business continuity. Whether it's a crisis response team communicating among themselves or communicating to the public, communication is an area that should be considered in your business continuity plan. All too often, however, not enough time and attention is devoted to this area. This week we are providing some information about this critical aspect of business continuity.

Technology has advanced to the point of being a near-constant force in society, and as such has given many ways to help keep society safe. In today's world, planning for violence could end up being the most important decision a business can make. (Item #1)

Effectively communicating information in a crisis is an important part of business continuity planning. Get the steps to follow in this emergency communication plan template. (Item #2)

Here's what you should know when it comes to communicating efficiently and ensuring business continuity during a natural disaster. (Item #3)

A crisis communications plan helps you determine how to provide accurate information to the right people via the appropriate channels. (Item #4) 

You may not be able to control the crisis---whether it's a life- or environment-threatening disaster (like an oil spill) or a reputational risk (like accusations of fiduciary mismanagement)—but you can control your response. (Item #5)

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Reputation Management

November 13, 2019 - Along with your employees, your good reputation is your most important asset. What are you doing to protect it and maintain its value? If you're not doing enough, you could be in danger of losing or having a tarnished reputation from which you may never recover. Look at this week's articles for some things you could be doing right now to maintain or improve your reputation.

(#1)  There's one question, the answer to which can affect your longevity more than nearly anything else: How's your reputation? 

(#2)  We've compiled 72 of the most eye-opening reputation management stats for 2019.

(#3)  If you take the right steps, you can protect your reputation and maintain a strong brand.

(#4)  Here are five ways that you can protect your company's reputation on social media.

(#5)  However, one defines reputation, everyone agrees it's a precious enterprise asset and recognizes a reputation that has been damaged beyond repair.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Meetings & Events

October 30, 2019 - As meeting planners, you are constantly planning for everything, but we hope you don't forget to plan for unexpected disturbances and crises. Especially in this day and age, we all need to have plans and strategies for dealing with terrorists, active shooters, strikes, and other disruptions. These articles may help you develop those emergency and crisis plans.

"Woulda-coulda-shoulda" regrets are never more painful than when we must admit, in retrospect, we didn't have a contingency plan in place. (Item #1)

The reality is that while you can't foresee and prevent many crises, there are steps that every planner should take to ensure they are prepared to handle any issue that comes along, as part of their "duty of care." (Item #2)

A strong and up-to-date plan should be in place to ensure the safety and security of attendees regardless of where a meeting is held. (Item #3)

No matter the size or location of the area you are trying to protect, following these steps will help you have a safe and enjoyable event for your attendees and staff. (Item #4)

These resources may be helpful when developing your emergency/crisis plan for meetings. (Item #5)

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