Whenever a large-scale natural disaster strikes, the response is criticized as too little, too late, ill-prepared or inadequate. As we watch the devastation of the Maui fires, we see climate change is impacting when, where and how significantly natural disasters will threaten life and property.
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Emotions are raw in a crisis, and even well-meaning but standard statements can be misinterpreted by victims and other stakeholders. Don’t create additional issues by failing to give these communications the attention they deserve.
There continues to be a spate of layoffs across multiple industries. Navigating the optics of delivering bad news and how stakeholders perceive it is critical to protecting reputation.
Conducting a large layoff is a challenge many executives may face. But delivering this news need not result in a reputation crisis.
We cannot view social media as nothing more than a sandbox for Gens Y and Z. Instead, embrace how media technology has changed the company-customer dynamic. Once you do, start adapting strategy to leverage changes and build respect and resilience in the face of criticism.
There is no shortage of PR pros and pundits offering advice about how companies should respond to controversial social issues. Company executives ask whether or not to take a public position. If so, should they speak proactively or only in response to media inquiries? Or, should they discuss an issue internally only, with employees?
PR executives, collaborating with risk management, HR and other key functions, can play a critical role in identifying and recommending action to address external and internal threats (including toxic people). Unfortunately, organizations routinely underfund communication and related positions that can deliver intel that helps executives make better-informed decisions before they create a reputation crisis.
We expected good things from 2021. Instead, it delivered large doses of frustrating virus protocols, political turmoil, mistrust, disinformation and reputation gaffes. Classic PR blunders generated headlines when leaders failed to learn from history. Here are a few cautionary tales as we look to 2022.
Reading McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski’s ill-conceived comments about recent shooting deaths of two children in Chicago (including one in a McDonald’s drive-thru) prompted out contributor to write about the Emotional Intelligence Quotient, or EQ.
Like many social media platforms, Facebook is no stranger to reputation crises. How Facebook and other companies have managed them offers lessons in how to (and not to) address stakeholder concerns and shore up reputation when the proverbial excrement has collided with the rotating blades.