Just a Thought
"There are no corporate results that can justify dishonesty or deliberately generating discord."
-- Jacquelyn Lynn
From the Editor
When I saw this issue's "Just a Thought" quote, from well-known writer and content specialist Jacquelyn Lynn
, I immediately thought, "Apple."
While Apple's products and public image are all about the desire to facilitate connections, helping people share, and improving our lives with technology, its behind-the scenes actions are quite the opposite.
With court cases revealing the company has strayed far from the straight and narrow on repeated occasions, including deliberately deceiving customers about privacy controls and, most recently, masterminding a scheme to raise e-book prices and sink its competition, how long will it be until Apple realizes its current behavior, and the corporate culture that enables it, could very well lead to its downfall?Now, I'm not kidding myself here. We have at least three i-Products in my household, maybe more, and you can't walk down the street without seeing several in action. Being the sole purveyor of a product that leads the industry is, without question, a powerful buffer against reputation-induced damage, and Apple HQ won't be tumbling to the ground any time soon.
Thing is, when you play as deep into the grey area as Apple has, it's difficult to not go over the edge. Once the public takes notice of that -- and being found guilty of repeated ethical violations will eventually catch the attention of the general public -- your reputation begins to crumble.
At some point, even formerly loyal fans will have heard enough bad news that they won't hesitate to jump ship when the next big thing comes along. Considering the level of competition in the tech industry today, and the fact that Steve Jobs dreaming up a Hail Mary to save the day with sheer brilliance is no longer possible, Apple should take a long, hard look at how its ethics could undermine its operations.
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By Erik Bernstein
In Crisis Management Quotables...on the Value of Friends
, we take a quote from legendary basketball player Earvin "Magic" Johnson and use it to explain just how important having allies is when you run into trouble.
The latest celeb to need Viral Video Crisis Management: Riley Cooper.
The Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver was filmed shouting racial slurs at a Kenny Chesney concert, and team, fellow players, and the league were quick to punish.
The increasingly uncivil behavior exhibited every day raises the question, Is Rude the New Norm?
With studies showing the answer very well may be "yes," we offer some advice to set your operation apart from the rest.Reviewed: Chris Syme's "Practice Safe Social"
- We rarely do book reviews, but when a real expert puts something out, it's usually worth a look. Using real-world examples and spicing up her content with plenty of pop culture references, Chris delivers with her latest work.
A special post from Jonathan Bernstein, Yosemite Rim Fire Demonstrates Impact of a Disaster,
looks at the valuable lessons in crisis preparedness we should all take from this nearly 200,000 acre blaze.
Coming down from your pedestal can be difficult, and there may be no better example than Apple. In this post, we offer up Crisis Management Advice for Apple after its e-Book Injunction.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's Crisis Management is Enhancing Consumer Safety
every day. Using education and communication to prevent and detect crises, this organization is doing it right.
Deleting posts once they've caught the public's attention is a MAJOR no-no. Dr. Phil Needs a Prescription for Social Media Crisis Management
after posting a highly controversial question on Twitter, then deleting it once he drew the ire of stakeholders.Erik Bernstein is a freelance writer, editor of Crisis Manager, Social Media Manager for Bernstein Crisis Management, and self-pronounced one-man-band at Bernstein Social Media.
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Expanded Crisis Manager Bookstore
We've recently expanded the Crisis Manager Bookstore to include offerings from esteemed colleagues like Melissa Agnes, Gerald Baron, Chris Syme and Jim Lukaszewski that cover topics from crisis communication and traditional PR to social media and cutting-edge crisis management. We'll be adding other authors we admire in the weeks ahead.
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Keeping the Wolves at Bay: Media Training
Learn how to deal with traditional or social media during a crisis in this educational and entertaining guide from Crisis Manager publisher Jonathan Bernstein. $25 for the hard copy and $10 for the PDF.
Head to the Crisis Manager Bookstore for more information and/or to purchase.
Manager's Guide to Crisis Management
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