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Answer the Damn Question, Please

Caveat:  This is an example of a politician not-answering a question and then walking off the set.  I’m not taking sides here, but using this as a teaching moment for others  who either coach spokespersons or want to be interviewed. Read more

Learning from the first crisis: Don’t make the same mistakes twice

Virginia Tech’s shooting massacre in 2007 changed the way universities and other public institutions respond to crises.  As a result of the slow, manual campus warning system in place on the day a deranged gunman killed 32 people, emergency and crisis response leaders more rapid alert protocols, adding blast texts and emails along with other traditional warnings. Read more

What Makes a Leader

May-June produces the annual crop of graduations speeches. I had the pleasure to listen to former President Clinton at the New York University graduation at Yankee Stadium on May 18th.  Clinton, as always is interesting and provocative. Read more

The Fed Chairman and The Press

The recent news conference by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was an interesting communications achievement, though it doesn’t contain too many lessons for other government institutions or the private sector.

As Chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Bernanke is in essence the CEO of the institution.  Despite the fact that his peers – the heads of the nation’s central banks have held news conferences – this was a first for a chairman of the US Fed. Read more