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A Playbook for CEOs Attacked by Trump: Thrust, Parry, Ignore

From Kevin Miller, writing for Bloomberg: (Bloomberg) — Bosses of the world’s largest corporations are still learning to deal with one modern peril: when President Donald Trump shows he’s not afraid to call them out on Twitter. General Motors Corp. is the latest example. Even though Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra reached out to to […]


The Body Language of Collaboration

From Carol Kinsey Goman: Most leaders agree that effective collaboration is more important than ever in today’s turbulent business environment. But the collaboration so critical to organizations is being blocked by internal power struggles, by a lack of unified goals and rewards, by a self-preservation instinct that results in information hoarding — and, perhaps surprisingly, […]


How Companies Should Handle Media Attention Amid Criminal Allegations

From our colleague, Rob Glickman, principal, head of litigation and criminal practice; McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman: When companies become tied to a criminal investigation, whether or not it or its employees have actually committed a crime, it can be on trial in both the criminal court and the court of public opinion. Media coverage today […]


Q&A: Is telling the truth really always a good idea for crisis communications? I see plenty of people caught up in crises who I don’t think are telling the truth.

Telling the truth is an absolute necessity if you or your organization is caught up in a crisis. First, of course, it’s the morally right thing to do. But if morals aren’t your cup of tea, pragmatically it’s the right thing to do. The truth will come out. And if the truth shows you’ve been […]


Walking the Talk: Matching your Internal and External Brands Pays Dividends in a Crisis

[by Howard Fencl, Hennes Communications] Having trouble hiring and retaining quality millennials? Are anonymous Twitter and Facebook users perennially posting ugly rumors or grousing about the work culture at your company? And why does the media always seem to break news about your company before you’re ready to release it? There may be a serious […]


Lawyers, PR Firms Team Up For Employers Facing #MeToo Crises

Hennes Communications is adept at working with attorneys and their clients on issues related to sexual misconduct and scores of other scenarios.  For more information, give us a call at 216-321-7774.   From Gayle Cinquegrani: The days of quiet exits by powerful executives caught harassing subordinates may be ending. CBS is the latest corporation faced with […]


Body Language: Telling Your Team How You Really Feel

From our colleague, Carol Kinsey Goman: Do you know that your team is constantly evaluating your emotions through cues in your body language – and that they can do so in a fraction of a second? At the Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging at the University of Glasgow, researchers found that it takes only 200 miliseconds […]


A Well-Crafted Crisis Response Plan Could Save Your Business

By Bruce Hennes, CEO, Hennes Communications Written, tested and ready-to-go business continuity plans should just be part of doing business in today’s world. Typically, those plans include the step-by-step operational response procedures to follow in the event of a disaster. Here are some common mistakes we’ve seen in this effort: 1.  Not planning for enough […]


Google+ Earns Minus For Mishandling Bad News

By Thom Fladung, Managing Partner, Hennes Communications   Here are three immutable laws of bad news about you or your organization: The bad news won’t go away. People will find out about the bad news. If they find out you covered up the bad news, you now have worse news. One of the most recent […]


Crisis Management Hot Seat: The Ambush Interview (and How to Survive it)

By Howard Fencl, Hennes Communications:   There are a few surefire ways to ensure you, as a representative of your organization, can get on TV: Run as fast as you can from a reporter and videographer Grab the videographer’s camera lens and wrestle with it Jump in your car and floor it Slam your front […]


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