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Each week, our experts speak to dynamic events occurring around the world and what they mean for the business community. We aim to tell you what has happened - and what you should be doing about it to ensure your organization is prepared.
BryghtCast Weekly - Episode #5: The Week of January 20th, 2020
In this week's edition fo the BryghtCast Weekly Podcast, Consultant Bray Wheeler is solo discussing three recent events and their potential impact on private sector organizations.
Topics Discussed South China Morning Post: China coronavirus outbreak could be 10 times worse than SARS, expert says South China Morning Post: Another city joins Wuhan in quarantine lockdown as Beijing tries to contain deadly outbreak BBC: Davos / World Economic Forum Hub US Department of Homeland Security: Iran Bulletin US Department of Homeland Security: National Terrorism Advisory System //static.leadpages.net/leadboxes/current/embed.js
Episode Transcript Hello. Welcome to this week's episode of BryghtCast Weekly. Today is Tuesday, January 21st, 2020. My name is Bray Wheeler, consultant with Bryghtpath. In this week's episode, we're going to talk about the World Economic Forum, a recent bulletin by the National Terrorism Advisory System, and we're going to begin this week actually talking about the Wuhan coronavirus.
So, the United States Centers for Disease Control has announced that the first case of the Wuhan coronavirus has been diagnosed in Washington State, here on Tuesday. The virus appeared last month in the Wuhan province of China and has already made hundreds sick. It's killed about six people already in Asia, according to current counts. The U.S. has become the fourth country outside of China with a confirmed case of the virus. The other countries include Japan, South Korea, and Thailand. While the virus can be spread from person to person, health professionals are indicating that it's not as easily spread, they think, as influenza or measles, for example. But there's not a lot of information kind of about this new virus, in terms of really what makes it tick, where it's kind of... They have a general idea of where it's coming from, but they don't have a lot of the details that they need, in order to effectively kind of combat the virus, as it stands right now.
So, the World Health Organization is set to meet tomorrow, to decide whether to declare an international public health emergency. But more than likely, here in the U.S., the CDC has announced that in addition to previously announced passenger screenings... Which they announced on January 17th, I believe, at JFK Airport in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco International Airports... the CDC is also going to start screening passengers flying into Hartsfield Jackson Airport in Atlanta, as well as O'Hare Airport in Chicago. Now, these screenings will only be for passengers that are flying directly or indirectly through Wuhan at the moment. Now certainly, if this kind of virus continues to spread, or things change, it will likely change the way in which they're screening at some of these things, and we could very well see an expansion to different airports.
So, what can organizations do right now? Kind of with this new virus, people are already mentioning references to the SARS outbreak, or H1N1, or things like that. But really, kind of for medical facilities especially, a lot of them are beginning to change some of their intakes prompts, to make sure that they're asking anyone with a fever or respiratory symptoms if they've been to or been in contact with anybody who has been in China. We certainly would recommend this to any of our hormonal contraceptive clients or listeners here, to consider implementing those types of steps now. Certainly these facilities and U.S. organizations, as healthcare companies and facilities, definitely are kind of best positioned to respond to some of these and have plans and processes in place around epidemics, or outbreaks of different viruses and things like that.
We're certainly in cold and flu season, so a lot of facilities are on alert for those. We've had measles here in the last couple of years, being kind of a real t
BryghtCast Weekly - Episode #4: The Week of January 13th, 2020
In this week’s edition of the BryghtCast Weekly Podcast, Bray Wheeler, Consultant, and Bryan Strawser, Principal and Chief Executive discuss three recent events and their potential impact on private sector organizations.
Topics Discussed Axios: The China challenge stumps the 2020 candidates Axios: BlackRock's new climate strategy NPR: In the Philippines, Volcano is quieter, but officials renew warnings for people to leave //static.leadpages.net/leadboxes/current/embed.js
Episode Transcript Bray Wheeler: Hi and welcome to BryghtCast Weekly or the week of January 13th, 2020. This is our first one for 2020.
Bryan Strawser: It's our first one for a little bit.
Bray Wheeler: It has, we've taken a little break during the holidays and such as well as just kind of-
Bryan Strawser: There really wasn't a whole lot of significant stuff that was going on.
Bray Wheeler: Yeah, there's only probably so much you people want to hear about either impeachment or sports or all sorts of different things. You had put out an episode on Iran as well.
Bryan Strawser: So we did an episode of the Managing Uncertainty Podcast yesterday, where I talked a little about Iran and some of the things happen there and what companies should consider and do.
Bray Wheeler: Yeah, so this is Bray Wheeler. I'm a consultant here at Bryghtpath.
Bryan Strawser: And this is Bryan Strawser, principal and chief executive here at Bryghtpath.
Bray Wheeler: We like to do, our intro is a little delayed here on BryghtCast. So this week we're going to try, and keep it just a little bit short and sweet and focus on a couple of different things. One kind the major kind of global conversation or global moment that's happened here in the last few days is the volcano eruption in the Philippines. That started occurring on Sunday. The volcano erupted Sunday sending ash about nine miles into the sky. Prompted warnings from Philippine officials in terms of hey, this could be a lot worse. This could really be a catastrophic explosion. So far that hasn't necessarily been the case. It's certainly kind of continued to rumble and spew ash and lava.
Bray Wheeler: However, kind of the major impact from this so far has been kind of an ash cloud that was initially sent, that initial one that disrupted flights and operations within Manila. So this volcano is located about 37 miles south of Manila, the Philippines Capitol. And so this ash cloud on Sunday really started to kind of disrupt air operations and that's usually the kind of real critical thing with a lot of the volcanic eruptions. There's not a whole lot of major technology bases or industry things kind of at the foothills of a volcano for probably obvious reasons. But certainly is having an impact on the folks that do live near there. There are thousands of people who have been evacuated around the volcano, but that disruption to Manila and major cities kind of around that area is certainly the big thing for travelers.
Bray Wheeler: So flights were disrupted Sunday. That continued into really today when operations kind of resumed normally. So for right now for companies, it sounds like Manila is ... The airport is open, Manila is available, it is not under lava, it is not at risk for some kind of awful-
Bryan Strawser: This is not Pompeii.
Bray Wheeler: Yeah, awful, awful, awful kind of situation. However, there is a major backlog from those flights being delayed here in the last couple of days. There's a lot of people that are just trying to leave the area in addition to that. So there is a lot of travel disruption at the airport in general, but for businesses in Manila, it is important to make sure that you're accounting for your folks you're looking at your business continuity plans. You're monitoring, kind of the air quality, the travel ability within the area. Just kind of really your basics for monitoring tho
BryghtCast Weekly - Episode #3: The Week of November 11th, 2019
In this week’s edition of the BryghtCast Weekly Podcast, Bray Wheeler, Consultant, and Bryan Strawser, Principal and Chief Executive at Bryghtpath discuss three recent events and their potential impact on private sector organizations.
Topics discussed: CNN: Man set alight hours after Hong Kong protestor shot by police as clashes erupt citywide CNN: Protests rage across Hong Kong after man shot by police WSJ: Hong Kong Protester shot by police as clashes escalate BBC: General Election 2019: Farage calls on Tories to stand aside for Brexit Party El Pais: Socialists win repeat Spanish election, Vox becomes third-biggest force in Congress Reuters: No majority seen in Spanish election, far-right boosted: El Pais poll of polls New York Times: 'I assume the Presidency': Bolivia Lawmaker declares herself Leader The Intercept: Bolivia and Brazil at the Crossroads Episode Transcript A transcript of this episode will be available within 24 hours.
BryghtCast Weekly – Episode #2: The Week of October 28th, 2019
In this week's edition of the BryghtCast Weekly Podcast, Bray Wheeler, Consultant, and Bryan Strawser, Principal and Chief Executive at Bryghtpath discuss three recent events and their potential impact on private sector organizations.
Topics discussed include: NY Times: Leaders death will damage ISIS but not destroy it War on the Rocks: Don't kill the Caliph! The Islamic State and the pitfalls of leadership decapitation BBC: Johnson/EU agree to Brexit extension NBC News: California wildfires force nearly 200,000 to evacuate NY Times: Live update on California wildfires CalFire: Live incident map Episode Transcript Bray Wheeler: Hello, and welcome to this week's episode of BryghtCast for the week of October 28th, 2019. I'm Bray Wheeler, consultant here at Bryghtpath.
Bryan Strawser: And it's Bryan Strawser, principal and chief executive here at Bryghtpath.
Bray Wheeler: So, this week, we have a few topics to talk about, the one being probably the most dominance in the news is the death of ISIS leader Al Baghdadi.
Bryan Strawser: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. [crosstalk 00:00:46].
Bray Wheeler: Abu Bakr. He is no longer with us, according to the US government. Over the weekend, the US conducted a raid on the compound that they located him at and he was... According to reports, self-detonated a suicide vest after he was cornered by US special forces.
Bryan Strawser: In a tunnel. In a dead-end tunnel.
Bray Wheeler: In a dead-end tunnel, apparently. Unfortunately, it sounds like he took three of his children with him. However, the US was able to capture a lot of Intel out of that rate, it sounds like, according to the president who gave kind of an at-length kind of update on what had transpired over the weekend, revealing probably a little bit too much information. But needless to say, kind of around the death of ISIS's leader, there is no clear replacement. Sounds like we've also struck a couple of other targets, one being the heir apparent and the other being their primary spokesperson.
Bryan Strawser: Both of whom were apparently killed this morning, US time.
Bray Wheeler: Yep.
Bryan Strawser: In separate actions. I think one of those I saw was perhaps done by Kurdish forces with US special operations' assistance. Definitely wound appears to have been a special operation by US military forces. I mean, this is a huge deal. I know there's been some that have been equating this to the Bin Laden raid, and I would not put it on that level because Bin Laden was someone who everyone knew in the world and was responsible for thousands of deaths here in the United States. And I don't want to downplay the role of the ISIS leader, but I don't think most people outside of this particular world that we live in knew who al-Baghdadi was. They probably just knew that there was a leader for ISIS.
Bryan Strawser: I remember when this Saturday evening, not long before I was going to bed in the 9:00, 10:00 range, I was looking at Twitter and I saw the first tweet from someone claiming that we had captured al-Baghdadi, which would have been a fascinating intelligence grab, but I don't think this mission was aimed at capturing al-Baghdadi any more than the Neptune Spear operation was aimed to capture Osama bin Laden. The intent was to kill him as a legitimate target of the United States government, but it quickly broke out to, within a few hours, I think even credible folks who have been studying ISIS and the Syria issues for quite some time were coming around to it appears that we have killed al-Baghdadi. of course, there was no official confirmation until the president spoke at about 9:15 Eastern on Sunday morning from that.
Bryan Strawser: There's a number of interesting things here we should unpack related to this, I think, briefly. The president stated that we had obtained information and intelligence from a number of
BryghtCast Weekly - Episode #1: The Week of October 21st, 2019
Welcome to the first episode of BryghtCast Weekly, our new podcast, for the week of October 21st, 2019.
Prior to today, this podcast had been published as a part of our long-running Managing Uncertainty Podcast, but now we're spinning this off into its own podcast. We explain our thinking a little more deeply in the episode, so have a listen.
Topics discussed on today's podcast include:
WSJ: NBA Arenas prepare for Hong Kong protests WSJ: US troops withdrawing from Syria draw scorn International Elections: Canada, Israel The Conversation: Chile protests escalate as widespread dissatisfaction shakes foundations of country's economic success story Leadership vacancies at the US Department of Homeland Security Episode Transcript Bray Wheeler: Hi. Welcome to this week's episode of BryghtCast for the week of October 21st, 2019. Before we get started, I mean everyone may have noticed there was some new music. There is some potentially new graphics up for this podcast. We have elected to spin this off a little bit from the Managing Uncertainty podcast where it has lived since we've started doing this into its own podcast. We've gotten some overwhelming support from folks and listeners, so we've decided to break that apart. So over the next few weeks, you'll see the new graphic, you'll see this split off. There may be some additional things that we're kicking around to include with this podcast. So before we jump in...
Bryan Strawser: So this is Bryan Strawser here at Bryghtpath. I think one of the important things to point out here is really two fold. This is now going to be its own podcast. So if you're listening to this on the Managing Uncertainty podcast, this is the last episode we'll be posting to this channel, this subscription of the BryghtCast. We'll continue with what you're used to on Managing Uncertainty, which is this deeper 15 to 30 minute dive into a particular topic related to crisis management, business continuity risk, organizational resilience.
Bryan Strawser: You'll want to subscribe to BryghtCast Weekly, which will be the new podcast name in order to continue to receive BryghtCast, and that should be up in the next day or so, should be available on iTunes and Stitcher and Google play and all the wonderful places where you can find podcasts. We'll remind you of this a few times in the coming weeks as well. But with that...
Bray Wheeler: Yeah, we're super excited.
Bryan Strawser: Welcome to BryghtCast Weekly. We've got a handful of topics I think that Bray's going to kick us off on.
Bray Wheeler: Again, this is Bray Wheeler consultant here at Bryghtpath and so for the week of October 21st, we're going to just kick right into it. The big topic that we've been talking about for weeks and weeks and weeks, Hong Kong. What's unique about the situation that we're going to delve into here real briefly is the fact that not much has changed, status quo. Hong Kong continues to be filled with unrest, but what's unique is the NBA is now prepping for protests at games in the US and Canada, in particular the opening night games in both Toronto and Los Angeles.
Bray Wheeler: So it'll get very interesting for the National Basketball Association here over the next couple of weeks in terms of their fallout from their back and forth with China around support for Hong Kong, freedom of speech. It's been just a mixed conversation, even within the NBA and with fans of the NBA as well as just the public at large, but really for this demonstrates the NBA as organization wading into the waters of Hong Kong and the results of how they've handled themselves, probably not so well.
Bryan Strawser: Not so well. The NBA's in a really difficult situation, right? I mean they are organization that was founded in the United States and has a market. Their largest market is still the United States, although that may change in the future