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Ten years ago today Hurricane Katrina made landfall. The rest, as they say, is history. On the tenth anniversary of the flood, we have the opportunity to learn from the mistakes of that bungled response and to re-commit to the discipline of effective crisis response.
I monitored the hurricane and flood and then deployed to New Orleans in the second week as part of a corporate response to the disaster. I saw first hand the consequence of the government’s ineffective handling of the crisis.
Every year I look for great moments in leadership and leadership communication. There was one unlikely moment in 2014 that in my view shows leadership in an unexpected light, one that offers both teachable moments and hope for leaders in any field.
Just as community can play a vital role in the success of a neighborhood’s disaster response, community can also strengthen a company’s response to crisis.
Iris Wenting Xue took up the modeling challenge in her NYU capstone, developing 10 Cs that help leaders and their advisors to understand public apologies.
It will take months, perhaps years, of meeting stakeholders’ expectations to restore trust in the NFL and its commissioner. These four principles show how.
Urgency makes sense when grappling with a safety defect, but not necessarily when facing a customer convenience issue. Conversely, cost becomes a challenge for a customer convenience issue, but not at all when grappling with a safety defect. Herein lies what may finally be an explanation to the otherwise incomprehensible behavior at General Motors
by Helio Fred Garcia About two years ago, just before the publication of The Power of Communication: Skills to Build Trust, Inspire Loyalty, and Lead Effectively, I began teaching as a guest speaker in the Public Affairs Leadership Department at US Defense Information School (DINFOS) at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. I am usually the […]
On the Wednesday after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, President Barack Obama called for changes in gun laws to prevent similar tragedies in the future. He said: “We may never know all the reasons why this tragedy happened. We do know that every day since more Americans have died […]
Even as America mourns and tries to make sense of Friday morning’s massacre in Aurora, Colorado, there are some lessons emerging on appropriate — and inappropriate — response to tragedy. Context Drives Meaning Context drives meaning. Words, actions, or events that are perfectly appropriate one day may be wildly inappropriate, distasteful, offensive, or even inaccurate […]
Two years ago yesterday BP CEO Tony Hayward inadvertently got his wish when, in the thick of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, he told a press conference, “I want my life back.” He was sacked soon thereafter. In the battle for public opinion – for trust, support, the benefit of the doubt – Hayward lost. It […]