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Is losing a manager a business continuity issue?

As most of us have probably heard the England Manager Fabio Capello resigned at the end of last week. The situation has been compounded by the Euro 2012 tournament which is taking place in June so this will disrupt the England’s team preparation for it. In business continuity terms is this a business continuity issue if CEO, Chief Executive or Managing Director of an organisation suddenly resigned? It could have a major impact on the organisation and plunge it into chaos especially if the organisation is in a state of change or in the middle of an incident. What is the business continuity manager meant to do about it? They are usually a middle manager in the organisation and unless they are very well respected will not be consulted, as board level decisions would be made without their input. I unfortunately think in this type of situation the business continuity manager has to be a spectator while the board or the senior managers sort out the issue. Where the business continuity manager can add value if that if the loss of the CEO is causing a threat to the viability of the organisation they can suggest that the strategic team get together, the incident room is opened and the event is managed as an incident!

About Charlie Maclean-Bristol

Charlie Maclean-Bristol is one of the Founders and Directors of PlanB Consulting. He is also the Training Director of Business Continuity Training Ltd., a UK-based training provider accredited by the Business Continuity Institute. Charlie is a former Business Continuity Institute board member and one of the very few Fellows of both the Emergency Planning Society and the Business Continuity Institute.

A former Infantry Captain in the British Army, Charlie held several emergency planning, business continuity and crisis management positions within the energy and utility industry before founding PlanB Consulting in 2007. Over the past twelve years, Charlie has delivered business continuity consultancy in 6 of the worlds 7 continents, frequently providing full business continuity roll-outs to organisations of all sizes and in all sectors.

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