Category Archives: Issue Management

When’s the right time for corporate social activism?

Customers and employees say they want companies to take a stand on high-profile social and political issues. But that can come with a costly downside too. The latest example is home-sharing giant Airbnb which decided to take a position on … Continue reading

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Was it OK to help Facebook smear its critics?

The world has just watched Facebook plunge into yet another reputational crisis – this time denying and then admitting it hired a PR company to smear its critics. But was the campaign itself fundamentally flawed? According to a New York … Continue reading

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When will CEOs make proper use of social media? 

The world gasped when unwise tweets from Elon Musk cost his company and shareholders billions of dollars. Yet CEO failure to engage online is also a risk to reputation and diminishes capacity to manage issues and crises. It’s very easy … Continue reading

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Smoke and mirrors on issue funding won’t deter critics

Transparency should be the basis for effective issue management, especially when it comes to who’s paying the bills. How a campaign is funded not only needs to be appropriate, but must also be seen to be appropriate. This was the … Continue reading

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When should you stand firm on a controversial issue?

There ought to be a clear difference between “caving in to criticism” and “making a smart decision.” But that distinction sometimes gets blurred when organisations need to respond to potentially damaging issues. Take the recent case when animal activists PETA … Continue reading

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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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