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This how-not-to management lesson comes courtesy of Bob Quick, Britain’s counter-terrorism chief: Don’t carry highly confidential information casually under your arm and put it on full display for news photographers. Yep, that’s what happened as Quick was getting out of his car to pay a visit to No. 10 Downing Street. The BBC offers details and a nice photo of Mr. Quick’s less than swift move. His blunder forced police to conduct terror raids in England sooner than they had planned.
There are all kinds of ways an organization’s secrets can slip out: an errant e-mail; an unguarded elevator conversation; dumpster divers making off with trashed files. Mr. Quick offers one more. For any of you thinking of trying to read the what he was carrying by downloading the BBC photo and enlarging it, don’t bother – I already tried and it’s just a blur. And whatever the BBC knows, it’s not telling: “Details of the information revealed cannot be reported,” it said.
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