Crisis round-up Communiqué Issue 18 | Nov 21 2007
Welcome to this week's edition of the Communiqué. In this issue, we try to uncover the
impossibility of male and female thought allignment, and also look at the Ryanair CEO
Michael O'Leary's claim that the most effective way of tackling global warming is to shoot all
cows. We also offer clients the chance to make the most of the quiet (?) month of December
to test their crisis plans - for free!
In this issue:
• Battle of the Sexes
• Turning Crisis into Opportunity
• Volunteers - A Help or Hindrance to Crisis Management?
• Save the Planet - Drive More?
Is your business ready to face a crisis? FREE on-site desktop exercise
• Crisis Briefs
Please keep sending your feedback, both good and bad as we are keen to keep this
communiqué as relevant as we can to our readers. You can email me at
Thanks as always, Andy Jarosz, Editor.
Battle of the Sexes
This story has caused much laughter at the docleaf office.
I am sure you will enjoy reading it too. But there is also a
serious parallel to the humour here. How alligned are we
with others' ways of thinking in the midst of a crisis? How
often do we find that another party (client, customer,
supplier) is "on another planet" when we are just trying to
Read the Dave Barry's story here.
Turning Crisis into Opportunity
In the current always-on, real-time and often invasive
world of media coverage any company is only a slight
faux pas away from crisis mode. It is not really a
question of if your organization will encounter a crisis,
but rather it is a matter of when and how often a crisis
will occur. But here's the good news. According to Mike
Wyatt, the success of your company in navigating the
crisis, and the reputational fall-out that arises from it, sits
largely in your own hands.
Read Mike's article here:
Volunteers - a help or a hindrance to crisis
When a major incident strikes, it is inevitable that some
people will want to help out - both in the immediate rescue
operation and the subsequent clean-up. But how well are the
crisis plans geared up to cope with this potential resource?
Do they utilise the skills, or the extra hands, that an army of
volunteers bring? Or do they become a nuisance, getting in
the way of the official response and creating an additional
headache. An example of a response to a recent oil-spill in
the San Francisco Bay Area is used to illustrate this
For Ben Arnoldy's article, click here:
Save the Planet - Drive More?
Barely a day passes now without new research on what we
should, or should not do, to reduce our carbon footprint and
help prevent a global catastrophe for future generations.
This article from the Times suggests some very contrary
views, and challenges many of the commonly accepted
"green" practices. It also highlights just how diverse and
polarised opinions and sentiment are on this important
Read Dominic Kennedy's post here:
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