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Should Legal Advice Take Precedence in a Crisis?

Our good friend and colleague, Dr. Tony Jaques, is a prolific writer and commentator on risk, issues and crisis management.  Based in Melbourne, Australia, he consults and has written three books in the field, also producing his must-read newsletter, Managing Outcomes. Tony’s latest book is titled Ten Things Law School Doesn’t Teach About Crisis Management.  Read below to […]


A Swift Reputation

Time Magazine chose Taylor Swift as Person of the Year, offering a jump-off to examine the challenges faced by CEO’s and nonprofit executives in today’s climate of intense consumer activism and digital scrutiny, highlighting how modern boycotts and activism can cause lasting reputational damage to brands, unlike in the past. The article emphasizes the need for […]


When ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ are Not Enough: Why it’s Time to Humanize Crisis Statements

In the wake of the Uvalde school tragedy, the frequent call that “thoughts and prayers are not enough” resonated deeply. This sentiment underscores a growing numbness towards standardized expressions of empathy and compassion, which, while well-intentioned, often fall short in the face of real crisis. As these phrases become routine, their ability to truly address […]


Speak Up or Shut Up? The Great Communication Conundrum

Tony Jaques, Director of Issue Outcomes Pty Ltd, is both colleague and friend.  Writing from Australia, he offers solid advice about when to speak – and when not to speak.  Let’s see what he has to say… When you’re in the public spotlight over a high-profile issue, the first question is often: “What shall we […]


How Utility Firms Can Power Up With Effective Crisis Communications – Part Two

From wildfires in Hawaii to hurricanes in Florida, and sweltering heat, ice storms, boil-water notices, tornadoes, and extended service outages everywhere in between, 2023 has provided many crises (or near crises) on which utility communicators must communicate. That’s why we sat down with Thomas Fladung (left), managing partner at Hennes Communications, a crisis communications firm, to assess the current state of […]


Best Practices for Securing Your Home Network

National Security Agency | Cybersecurity Information Sheet You’ve heard of the FBI and CIA. How about the NSA? The National Security Agency (often referred to as No Such Agency) is a national-level intelligence agency of the United States Department of Defense, under the authority of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). The NSA is responsible […]


A Lawyer, C.I.A. Analyst and a Crisis Management Specialist Walk Into a Bar…

By Bruce Hennes, Hennes Communications Before James Comey headed up the F.B.I., he served as general counsel of Lockheed Martin Corporation. While at Lockheed, he spoke at the National Security Agency about how studying law is similar to the education intelligence analysts receive. “You read a case and decipher…relevant facts, the [outcome] of the case…you are drilled […]


Hennes Communications CEO Appointed to Scripps College of Communications at Ohio University Faculty

Hennes Communications, one of the few firms in N. America focused exclusively on crisis communications, proudly announces the appointment of Bruce Hennes as Research Assistant Professor at the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University. Bruce Hennes, CEO of Hennes Communications, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his new position. Recognized as one […]


Hennes Communications and Ohio University Launch Partnership Allowing Seminar Participants to Earn Graduate Certificate Credit

University Teams with Crisis Communications Firm in New Offering Did you attend a crisis communications seminar taught by Bruce Hennes, Thom Fladung or Stephanie York and Hennes Communications in the last few years?  If so, read below for information about how you can receive one free credit hour (valued at $525) towards a graduate certificate […]


Cats Sleeping With Dogs: How Lawyers and Crisis Communicators Can Work Together

By Thom Fladung, Hennes Communications At Hennes Communications, we often tell clients that they have an attorney for the Court of Law. But they have us for the Court of Public Opinion. And those two courts often require different – and at times conflicting – strategies. Attorneys have persuasive arguments for tailoring a strategy completely around […]


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