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The Strategy Room

Author: Peter V. Stanton

The Old Rules on Crisis Don’t Apply

The Obama Administration found itself this week the subject of criticism unparalleled since it first came into office.  If a perfect storm is the confluence of three events, this was the combination of four controversies unfolding concurrently and all in different directions.  Perhaps we can call it a plus-perfect storm. While the White House talking […]

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The Choppy Seas of Reputation Management

Reputation Management

Quick – Name a company long considered a pioneer and one of the world’s most innovative organizations in its industry. Hint – it’s not a technology service provider, social media giant or electronic device manufacturer. In fact, the company in question is Carnival Cruise Lines. Yes, the same Carnival Cruise Lines plagued with operational failures, […]

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Changes at EPA Pose a New Series of Challenges

The February issue of O’Dwyer’s featured the following article by Peter Stanton on the departure of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. The prospect of a new Administrator signals forthcoming changes for Obama’s environmental policies and creates the potential for renewed environmental debates on several intensely controversial issues such as hydraulic fracturing, greenhouse gas emissions, clean water, soot […]

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The Strategy Imperative

Let me begin with the obvious:  The election is over.  We know who won. The reason I bring this up is that until November 6, America’s business leaders and the economy as a whole seemed stalled in neutral.  It wasn’t as if we collectively were doing nothing at all, but uncertainty about the outcome, or at least […]

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SWAT Team PR

Public relations professionals often speak about crisis communication, but when a real crisis strikes, we all have a tendency to act on impulse. Strategy is something that happens on the fly. Decisions are made as conditions dictate. Surprisingly, this works reasonably well most of the time, but clearly it is not a sound or prudent […]

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A Few Kind Words – One Night Only

Our firm had the privilege of working in support of the recent Al Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York.  The event brought together President Obama and Governor Romney for an evening of lighthearted remarks and self-deprecation.  Both distinguished guests lived up to expectations.  The President said he was well rested for the evening after […]

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More Money Can Cause More Problems for Political Donors

Originally published in the April 2012 issue of PRWeek. We heard a lot about the historical significance of the 2008 presidential election, but this year’s campaign is equally so. For the first time in more than a century, corporations and unions are able to donate as much money as they like to help a candidate […]

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NO TALKING!!!

That scold rings loudly in my ears.  It came almost daily from Sister John the Baptist, my first grade teacher at St. Matthew’s School in Baltimore as she herded her charges into rows of two for the march to the cafeteria.  All these years later, I can see her stern glare and ominous habit as […]

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GOOD JOB, Congress.

(Maybe A Little Positive Reinforcement Could Go A Long Way)  School kids are heading back to classrooms this week and many will encounter the iconic assignment to write an essay entitled “How I Spent my Summer Vacation.”  Consider this my version of that paper.  I spent at least a small portion of my summer vacation […]

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Dispatch from Dubrovnik: An International View on PR and Independence

At a recent meeting in Dubrovnik of public relations agency heads from nearly a dozen different nations, I was struck by the common emphasis on the importance of independence.   At a time in our industry when it seems every firm is somehow owned or allied with one of the global behemoths, there remains a strong […]

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