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Is ‘back-flipping’ on an issue really such a bad thing?

When an organisation or individual changes their mind on a public issue it is often derided as a back-flip or flip-flopping or a u-turn or caving in. But sometimes it is just part of the process of reaching the right … Continue reading

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Health data debacle and the need for trust in communication

It’s no secret that citizens don’t trust governments. Yet that lack of trust has seldom been so manifestly evident as when the Australian Government solemnly promised to safeguard the nation’s most intimate and personal health data. The public rarely get … Continue reading

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We’ve had a data breach. Let’s not tell anyone. 

It’s a basic question in the face of a data breach. Do we fix it and keep quiet? Or do we tell the world and risk the consequences. A major fuel company was recently confronted by this challenge, and their … Continue reading

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Make like a Boy Scout, Optus. Be Prepared

The Optus World Cup online streaming debacle was undoubtedly an epic technical and reputational fail. But it is also a critical lesson in the need for well-prepared crisis communication. When thousands of paying customers were shut out of the biggest sporting … Continue reading

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Hey banks. No reputation campaigns . . . Please

Financial Institutions across Australia are enduring their worst reputational crisis for a generation, and there is every likelihood it will get a lot worse before it starts to improve. But now is absolutely not the time to launch some hopeful … Continue reading

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Crisis? What crisis? Why recognition is critical

Every organisation should know when it’s facing a crisis. Sadly, it just ain’t so, and that can be a major problem. With the football World Cup about to begin, consider the notorious case of former FIFA President Sepp Blatter. When football’s … Continue reading

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No, Adele. Denial and obfuscation is not PR 101

Public relations and communications professionals are pretty familiar with critics who like to paint what they do as inherently dishonest. Such negativity is hardly new, and maybe it goes with the territory. But the current focus on fake news seems to … Continue reading

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