I must heap praise on my colleagues at Ketchum’s Global Corporate Practice for their insights made available through the 2013 Ketchum Leadership Communication Monitor. Apparently, there are nearly 70,000 books available on leadership. Yet, their work supplies much-needed data on the role of communications in leadership.
The Monitor covers much ground, but here I will stick to my knitting and probe its crisis management implications.
KLCM: Leaders are continuing to underperform on the very behaviors viewed as the most important to effective leadership – open, transparent communication, leading by example, admitting mistakes and handling controversial issues calmly.
J.D.: In other words – spin doesn’t work. As the findings suggest, good crisis PR usually applies a healthy dose of openness, leadership, humility and confidence.
Continue reading Spin is Dead. Long Live Crisis PR.
I hope this is an obvious point — reputation management is just one facet of broader strategic crisis management.
Communications pros play an important part in the broader system, along with those in business continuity planning (BCP, which is a focus on minimizing business disruption), risk management (often a combination of insurance, legal, regulatory and fiduciary risk), and incident/security management (typically a focus on environmental, health, safety and security risks).
Which discipline should supersede and own this process? Well, none.
A company’s senior leadership is ultimately responsible for a crisis – they own the system, whether they like it or not. Sadly, far too many of these leaders adopt crisis management systems that cover only one or some of these disciplines. Continue reading Who Owns Crisis Management?
Corporate communicators may be wondering how to support either emergency communications to employees/customers, or humanitarian efforts in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
Here’s a quick list of top approaches to consider:
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TOP APPROACHES
- Ensure employees that their welfare is of utmost importance to company. Consider sharing key official information to keep food/water safe and to manage mold in flood-affected areas. Here are some:
- Connect with local authorities’ information systems to receive official notification of resumed services, power, and/or communications
Continue reading Superstorm Sandy: Immediate Approaches to Consider