A Discussion on Digital Media & Communication Trends
For the next several blog posts I will be conducting a series on crisis communication. To kick off the series I want to talk about an uncomfortable concept for organizations to understand:“Learning to lose the least.” In some crisis situations there are no good answers. Today’s speech by Obama about jobs is a great example. The lead story on Yahoo News is ‘More than Jobs at Stake for Obama Tonight.’ (to read the story click here) Sounds like a crisis of reputation to me. In my opinion, there is no way that Obama can win tonight. You probably already understand why, but just to reiterate:
Therefore, tonight is about Obama learning to lose the least.
Just like the White House, other organizations need to understand that sometimes they have to take responsibility for actions or problems with their plans and products even if it is not a direct result of something they did or didn’t do. Cyanide laced Tylenol comes to mind. So in the end, sometimes the best strategy is to devise a plan where you apologize, listen to your stakeholders, use their comments to create a dialogue and ultimately turn a potentially large loss into a smaller ouch.
What are ways your organizations have had to ‘learn to lose the least?’
Crisis Communication is a weekly series that will be conducted through November. Thanks for reading!