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Can 5G Wireless Technology Supercharge Crisis Management?

[by Howard Fencl, Hennes Communications] The breathless buzz about the coming global deployment of 5G wireless technology keeps building to a crescendo. 5G will launch the Internet of Things (IoT) to the next level, empowering massive real-time data sharing between connected devices (health sensors, traffic sensors, weather sensors, your car, your HVAC and lighting systems, […]


Crisis management may mean having to say you’re sorry

Q: My attorney says apologizing will be bad for future litigation – that apologizing means we are liable.  What do you think? A: We often find ourselves wrestling with our client’s attorneys over the phrase “I’m sorry.” Somehow, through the years, attorneys have come to define the phrase “I’m sorry” as meaning “I’m liable. I […]


Used a Paper Straw Lately? You Will.

  By Nora Jacobs, Hennes Communications If you’ve been to a food establishment recently and received a paper straw in lieu of the ubiquitous plastic device, you are witnessing the mature stage of an issue lifecycle — in this case, an issue that has been evolving for more than 30 years. Clients often ask us […]


The Tweeting Cow and the “Streisand Effect”

From Matt Cavanaugh at McDonald Hopkins: Earlier this week, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California) sued Twitter, Liz Mair (a republican strategist), and two obvious parody Twitter accounts: “Devin Nunes’ Mom” and “Devin Nunes’ Cow.” A copy of the complaint is available here. Nunes claims that tweets by Mair and the parody accounts were defamatory and “fighting words” and that Twitter was negligent for […]


Want to Make a Great First Impression? A Princeton Psychologist Says Be Aware of 3 Snap Judgments People Make

We often tell clients that it’s not just what you say, but how you say it.  And first impressions do count. Here’s what Scott Mautz, writing for Inc., had to say on the subject. Impressions make quite an impression on us as we’re so eager to manage them. I’ve written about how to overcome a bad […]


Want To Sell the CEO On A Crisis Communications Plan? Sell The Attorney First

Q: How do you convince leadership that creating a crisis communications plan is a good idea?  A: We get it. People don’t want to think about their businesses or organizations being thrown into a crisis because there’s been a data breach, or an allegation of sexual harassment, or an inappropriate social media post. And who […]


Lessons From The Boeing Airline Crisis – And From The Crisis Management Industry’s Response

By Thom Fladung/Hennes Communications The crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 and subsequent focus on the Boeing 737Max airliner brought with it the usual analysis and reaction from crisis communications consultants. Some of our crisis communications peers provided insight into how Boeing was dealing with its crisis. And some reaction, unfortunately, we found lacking in […]


A Discussion of What Women Can and Cannot Control About Their Leadership Presence

From Dr. Carol Kinsey Goman: You may have a leadership title, or tremendous leadership potential, but that in itself doesn’t give you leadership presence. These are typical comments I hear when asked to coach an up-and-coming female whose career has stalled: “It isn’t that she couldn’t do the next job. It’s that no one on the […]


You Can’t Spin Your Way Out of Bad Behavior – Boeing & Wells Fargo

By Bruce Hennes, CEO, Hennes Communications On September 11, 2001, the world changed.  The terrorist attack on the U.S. altered American politics and propelled us into a foreign war, changing government surveillance, our travel habits and even the architecture of our buildings. On a micro-level, it also changed Hennes Communications.  For the previous 12 years, […]


The College Bribery Scandal: Personal Conduct vs. Business Conduct

By Bruce Hennes, CEO, Hennes Communications The recent college bribery scandal is explosive.  Hollywood stars, famous sports coaches, parents doing “whatever is necessary” to help their kids, coveted slots going to the wealthiest instead of the most meritorious or deserving, this issue touches a multitude of contemporary issues. One facet of this issue that we […]


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