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© 2017 Jonathan Bernstein

Do You Feel What I Do?

Volume XVIII, Number 3

March 31, 2017

Just a Thought

"We don't have to walk in someone else's shoes to know that they must hurt terribly."
- Faiz Shakir
National Political Director

From the Editor
The ability to understand different points of view, and the emotions that accompany them, is a critical skill for crisis management consultants. More than that, it's a sorely under-used tool for understanding the people in our personal and professional lives.

Unfortunately, what we see far more often is a sort of false understanding. It typically comes in the form of a critic sarcastically voicing a villainized version of whatever the other side believes. Notice how this cranks up to 11 when we hit times of political conflict?

Falling into this trap is common for those facing crises of all kinds. The normal human reaction to heavy criticism is to become defensive, to dismiss the opinions of your critics.

This is what you must avoid.

The second you dismiss opinions without giving them thought, the moment you throw away the feelings of others without trying to understand their truth, you disarm yourself. Without knowing how others feel about you, and why they feel that way, you cannot resolve the issues that created conflict in the first place.

Be self aware. Be aware of others. And be open to the fact that, regardless of how strong your convictions may be, or how hard you tried to do right, you just may actually be the one in the wrong sometimes.

- EB

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The Bernstein Crisis Management blog, along with our blog at the Free Management Library, are frequently updated and filled with case studies, advice, and the latest news on techniques, threats, and more.

Here, we share a look at some of the most popular posts from recent weeks:

CitizenAID: Free App Saves Lives in the UK but Not Yet in the US asks the question - why don't we yet have an app to help the average person deal with a mass attack here in the States?

We've been pushing for social media platforms to strengthen anti-cyberbully protections for some time now. In Twitter Moves to Stop Cyberbullying we look at some positive first steps and discuss what's still to come.

A guest post, 7 Cybersecurity Lessons the Healthcare Industry had to Learn the Hard Way examines a set of painful realizations about the damage that comes from not protecting private information.

Following the less-than-sensational reveal of the much-hyped Trump tax returns, BCM president Jonathan Bernstein had some thoughts about ethical journalism. To sum them up, Rachel Maddow Just Made Walter Cronkite Roll Over in His Grave.

Weasel Words Scream Insincerity came to us from Beacon Advisors' David Kalson. In it, he examines how overly tricky use of language can put a serious hurt on otherwise strong crisis communications.

Do you have a topic you'd like to see featured in our blogs? Send an email to erik@bernsteincrisismanagement.com and there's a good chance you'll be seeing it right here in the next issue!

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About Us

Jonathan Bernstein is both publisher of Crisis Manager and president of Bernstein Crisis Management, Inc., a national crisis management public relations agency providing 24/7 access to crisis response professionals. The agency engages in the full spectrum of crisis management services: crisis prevention, response, planning & training. He has been in the public relations field since 1982, following five-year stints in both military intelligence and investigative reporting.

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Erik Bernstein is vice president of Bernstein Crisis Management, and editor of this newsletter. Working in crisis management since 2009, Erik has watched the internet and social media change the field. Today, he brings that experience to bear assisting clients to protect and grow their reputations using tactics based on real-world knowledge and experience.

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