The Boy In The Plastic Bubble

In the 1976 film ‘The Boy in the Plastic Bubble’, John Travolta plays a character forced to live in a sterile bubble due to his weakened immune system. Any contact with unfiltered air may prove fatal, and so Travolta’s character goes through the movie interacting with the outside world from […]


A Bug’s Life

If you are of a certain age you might remember the films of ‘Herbie the Love Bug’; an anthropomorphic Volkswagen Beetle, with a mind of its own. The film proved extremely popular and went on to spawn numerous sequels over the years, greatly bolstering the reputation of the VW Beetle. […]


Viva Las Vegas

All processes require a good checklist. Forms can be a chore in everyday life, but in a crisis, they play a vital role. When you find yourself at the centre of a crisis it can be very easy to lose your head, and small details of your crisis management plan […]


Heart of Glass

As you may know, in a past life I spent several years working as a journalist, catching the bug when I was a student at university in Ireland, before moving to the UK where I worked for several local newspapers. Back then, in order to become a journalist you would […]


Blue Bell Flowers Again

Crises can have a devastating impact on reputation and this in turn has a devastating effect on balance sheets. In the event that a company is beset by a crisis, the temptation to run and hide is strong but make no mistake, ignoring the issue is not an option. If […]


Bic Cause You’re Worth It

When we go on holiday, one of the things that my wife and I enjoy most is a game of chess. It is a nice way to unwind, and keep the mind active, and we’re both at a similar level so that there is a nice element of competition. In […]


Time is of the Essence

Back in the days of the Cold War, every country had a doomsday plan to be used in the event that the worst was ever to happen. Sirens would sound, alerting all those affected to the potential threat, and everyone would cross their fingers and hope for the best. In […]


Pride and Prejudice

When a crisis hits, an organisation will often call a public relations or crisis management consultancy to act on their behalf. These consultancies will advise clients on how to handle the media, what to say and not to say, and how to present themselves in a more sympathetic light in […]


A Messy Affair

Whenever I run a crisis simulation course I always say there’s only one thing that will go wrong with them: IFT. The ‘I’ and the ‘T’ stand for Information Technology; (the USB with the presentation has gone awry, the projector doesn’t work etc). As for the ‘F’, I think there’s little explanation needed […]


Playing The Trump Card

When a suspected pandemic is picked up on, global agencies and national governments will move quickly to contain the spread. Airports will close, trade will be suspended and scary looking men in white bio-hazard suits will spray down visitors. In a crisis, contagion can spread rapidly and has to be […]