Recently, I led a breakout session at the Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism. My topic was “effective crisis management foundations” – a condensed version of a training program that we’ve built at Ketchum. It’s our belief that you cannot have strong crisis management approaches, nor plans or systems, without the foundation of a strong crisis management leader. SALES PITCH: If you’re ever interested in learning more about this leadership training opportunity from Ketchum, drop me a line.
During the Q&A session, the tourism pros asked questions that may yield lessons for others, so I’ve captured those here. Disclaimer: Everything below is paraphrased from memory, since I couldn’t take notes during the session.
Q: When an organization faces a determined critic, when should criticisms be ignored, and when is it time to address the critic?
A: This is difficult to answer specifically because so many factors need to be considered. However, in general, begin by analyzing the critic…and the criticisms. Is the critic credible to your audiences that matter? Is the critic making an impact on your business? How much traction might the critic or criticisms gain through social media? Are the criticisms easy to defend, or do they require deeper explanation? If the latter, is there a way to tell your side of the story in a compelling way? These are just starter questions, of course – there are many more factors to consider before “getting down in the mud,” if required.
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