Entries by Helio Fred Garcia

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Worth Reading – Crisis Counsel: Navigating Legal and Communication Conflict, by Tony Jaques, PhD

Tony Jaques has written a masterful guide to managing the natural tension between lawyers and communicators. Crisis Counsel: Navigating Legal and Communication Conflict is a highly readable guide to effective and respectful interaction among lawyers, communicators, and business leaders.

Privilege and Persecution

I began to appreciate the reality of white privilege several years ago at about 2:30 am, on a long, straight stretch of interstate. I saw behind me the flashing lights of a state trooper. I pulled over. The trooper asked for my license and registration. He said, “You were doing 85 in a 70 zone. […]

GUEST COLUMN: The Last Full Measure…

Versions of this post originally appeared on Daily Kos and CommPro.biz on May 25, 2020. To me Memorial Day is personal. And today I’m angry. But I get ahead of myself. West Point I grew up in the 1960s and 70s at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where for 25 years my […]

GUEST COLUMN: Trump’s Liberate Tweet Puts Lives At Risk

This post was originally published in the Daily Kos, a progressive political opinion site. This guest column was adapted from material in my forthcoming book, Words on Fire: The Power of Incendiary Language and How to Confront it. Almost exactly a month ago, I raised the alarm about the increase in incivility against Asians and […]

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A Tale of Two Leaders: Cuomo v Trump

Leaders are judged based on how they deal with their biggest challenges. In the COVID-19 crisis we see a contrast of leaders so stark that it can serve as a leadership laboratory for future generations to study. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo shows a steady, compassionate, and urgent tone as he informs New Yorkers and […]

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Leadership, Communication, and COVID-19

As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues to grow, Logos Institute for Crisis Management and Executive Leadership has been advising clients and carefully studying communication by leaders across a range of sectors and forms of organization.

We have reviewed thousands of communications by CEOs, university presidents, NGO executive directors and secretaries general, and public officials. And we have identified patterns that help leaders and their organizations make smart choices and avoid inadvertent self-inflicted harm.

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Opinion: The Dangers of Indirect Calls to Violence

The French philosopher and writer Voltaire warned that those who can make us believe absurdities can make us commit atrocities. Genuine leaders understand the consequences of their words and actions and take responsibility when they see that they are having a dangerous impact. Self-absorbed leaders do not.

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2018 Leadership and Crisis Preview: The Importance of Humility

Humility isn’t a word we often see in business. Humility all too often is interpreted as weakness, especially in competitive cultures like Wall Street, politics, or the top of big organizations. But in 2018, the best leaders will exhibit humility; the best-handled crises will be those where humility prevails.

Logos Turns Fifteen

As we begin our sixteenth year I want to once more thank our clients, our friends and supporters, and all Logos people through the years. And especially the families, spouses, partners, significant others, children, and friends of the the Logos people, who make it possible for them to do their important work.