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Tornado FAQ: Before, During and After the Storm

“It sounded like a freight train.” This is a common description from those who have experienced one of nature’s most violent phenomena: a tornado. Advances in research and technology have improved identification and measurement of critical elements of super cell storm systems, which makes predicting and identifying the development of a tornado far more effective. However, once the prediction is made or an actual tornado is identified, the responsibility falls on every individual to be prepared to respond appropriately for his or her own safety and well-being.

So, where do you begin? (more…)

Setting Smart Objectives

Being a leader comes with many responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is setting smart and effective objectives. What does this really mean?

First, it’s important to point out that objectives are different than goals. Goals are what you want to achieve; objectives help you work towards achieving those goals. To begin, take a look at the overall strategy and objectives for your organization and your team. The targeted objectives you develop should support those larger strategies and objectives in order for them to be effective.

Here are a few steps you can take to create your own objectives that will lead your team and company to success. (more…)

Leadership: A Life Journey

I recently started reading a book called How Great Women Lead, co-authored by Bonnie St. John and Darcy Deane. The book is a mother-daughter trip around the world interviewing extraordinary women in leadership positions about their lives and how their experiences have shaped their leadership style in the professional world. It is an extremely interesting and inspirational read (I mostly like the life stories and the lessons they learned).

I’ve found that you can learn so much about yourself in reading about other people’s experiences – how your own life’s experiences may be relatable or entirely different but the moral is still the same. While Bonnie and Darcy have narrow focuses (happiness and leadership, respectively) I find the process of being a leader subject to all the ups and downs in our life journey.

Here are some questions to ask as we go through our life journey: (more…)

Disaster Recovery: What Do I Need in My Business Recovery Plan? (Part 3 of 3)

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Disaster Recovery

You can’t predict the unexpected, but you can prepare. A Business Continuation Plan (BCP) costs almost nothing to produce but is critical to recovering losses, and customers, after a disaster. This three-part Disaster Recovery blog series will address important considerations for business continuity after a disaster.

The details that you include in your Business Continuation Plan (BCP) will depend on the particular needs of your business, but there are some key components that should to be included in every disaster plan: (more…)

Disaster Recovery: Keep Your Business Running – Despite a Disaster (Part 2 of 3)

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Disaster Recovery

You can’t predict the unexpected, but you can prepare. A Business Continuation Plan (BCP) costs almost nothing to produce but is critical to recovering losses, and customers, after a disaster. This three-part Disaster Recovery blog series will address important considerations for business continuity after a disaster.

No one ever expects a disaster to occur. However, disasters occur every day. That’s why insurance is so valuable. When you consider the odds, you probably should expect to experience a disaster of some sort at some time in your career. But, you still do not know what to expect or when to expect it.

Being prepared can make it much easier to manage your business through any disaster, serve your customers while you are recovering and get back to business as usual more quickly. Insurance is a helpful financial component, but preparing a complete recovery plan can reduce the likelihood that your customers will feel the pain of your disaster.

How can you prepare for a situation that you cannot predict? (more…)

Disaster Recovery: 4 Steps to Prepare Your Business for Disaster Survival (Part 1 of 3)

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Disaster Recovery

You can’t predict the unexpected, but you can prepare. A Business Continuation Plan (BCP) costs almost nothing to produce but is critical to recovering losses, and customers, after a disaster. This three-part Disaster Recovery blog series will address important considerations for business continuity after a disaster.

Up to 40% of businesses affected by a natural or human-caused disaster never reopen. (Source:  Insurance Information Institute)

If your business becomes disrupted by a power outage, tornado, chemical spill or other disaster, it can cost you lost profits and lost customers. Developing a plan to (more…)