What happens if I refuse?

Yesterday, we talked about backups. Did you do anything about it? If you didn’t, think about this: What would happen to your business if the hard drive containing your customer list, orders, accounting and communications with customers and vendors failed? What would it cost if you lost that data? I asked startup CEO Doug Odegaard […]

Put your mask on first

Professional development mentors remind us that we must take care of ourselves first. They advise that we improve ourselves mentally, physically and emotionally – in other words, attend first to our overall health – so that we’re better prepared to perform well in our roles at work, at home and in our community. Personal finance […]

How your top 10 clients can impact your disaster recovery

Yesterday’s mini-rant about the Flip (which I otherwise *really* like) codec thing aside, our disaster series continues today with a discussion about planning for your disaster recovery – before things go bad. Aymee Ruiz with State Farm Corporate Media Relations sent me this list of disaster recovery planning steps, which I suggest you use as […]

Planning for the train wreck before it happens

Step one after the fire is out or the flood waters have receded (or both) – if you haven’t already done so – is implementing your comeback plan. Notice that I said implementing the comeback plan, not making it. When times are hectic and the ceiling is dripping with smoky water, your mind isn’t going […]

What’s your story regarding business fire or flood disasters?

People are coming out of the woodwork on this one, so I thought I should launch a formal request to contact me with your disaster story and the lessons learned. Feel free to use the contact page, or comment below. If you want to keep the details anonymous, please say so in your comment and […]

What can you learn from a business disaster?

Last week, while I was being a slacker (I was canoeing 50 miles or so around Hungry Horse Reservoir with the troop’s older guys), a friend’s restaurant was struck by lightning. His business wasn’t physically destroyed, but it did take a pretty serious punch from smoke and water damage. Amazingly, the water damage came from […]

MobileMe becomes ImmobileMe

Call me old fashioned, but when someone says they’re gonna host all of my email somewhere else and Im just supposed to trust them and not keep a copy here where I can protect it, I think I’ll pass. Doesn’t matter to me if it’s Google, Apple’s MobileMe, Amazon S3 or whoever. All of them […]