Being lost and needing help!

“A lady in a hot air balloon realised that she was lost.

She reduced altitude and spotted a man below.

She descended a bit more and shouted, “Excuse me, can you help me?

I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago but I don’t know where I am.”


The man below replied “You’re in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground.

You’re between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude.”

“You must be an engineer,” said the balloonist. “I am”, replied the man.

“How did you know?”


Well”, answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is technically correct, but I’ve no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I’m still lost.

Frankly, you’ve not been much help at all. If anything, you’ve delayed my trip even more.”


The man below responded, “You must be in management.”

“I am,” replied the balloonist, “but how did you know?”

“Well,” said the man, “You don’t know where you are or where you’re going.

You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air.

You made a promise which you’ve no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems?!!”


Before anyone comments, this blog post was something I originally posted on Linkedin in 2017 and I didn’t write the story above. The man / woman can easily be switched around, it is not a gender issue. Equally before anyone checks the co-ordinates I am also aware that the location is in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, but again this is not relevant here.

The point I wanted to make was and still is rather topical. We ran a number of our #GDPRexpress events over 2017 and 2018, and the attendees ranged primarily from people in marketing, to HR, to IT, with only the odd business owner or Director in attendance. 

GDPR came into effect on May 25th 2018 so has now been enforceable for 4 years.

With the increased responsibilities the GDPR brought, it is of utmost importance that organisations be reminded that this was and still is a board level issue. No matter how big or small a company is, if there are only 2 people in a business to being a multi national, it needs culture change and have buy in from the top.

No one expected that the staff in various departments would wave a magic wand and everything would happen overnight. It takes leadership, it takes careful planning, and most importantly it needs EVERYONE in an organisation to change the way they think to make change happen.

GDPR and the Data Protection Act – was not something that needed to be done once and forgotten about. It was all about changing the way we all did things, for the better.

Heads of businesses should allocate time, resource and budget to make the changes happen. They may well also need to get external professional help in to assist in the process.

People are often afraid to ask for help and they shouldn’t be. No one person is an expert in everything. This is why people have different jobs. Different expertise coming together helps you address the job in hand. Over time you might learn enough to start taking over some of the tasks yourself but you cannot learn everything over night, it is simply not possible.

HM Network are not just about network and connectivity, we are the hub of a group of specialist partners and services. 

GDPR is not just Cyber or IT or Marketing it is everything and more. It is culture change. It is training and making people aware of their obligations and the law. It was brought in to protect the data of everyone, for our own benefit. It can also be a benefit to your business to improve customer, supplier and staff confidence that you take data privacy seriously.

If you need a snapshot of where your organisation is with regards to Cyber Awareness, we offer a complimentary Human Vulnerability Assessment and accompanying report which can show you which areas you may need to focus on.



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Chris Hunter


HM Network


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