Monthly Archives: February 2014

Lessons reinforced in a self-inflicted personal reputational crisis

No one wants or needs to pile on Kelly Blazek, head of the Cleveland Jobs Bank and the most recent person to suffer a personal crisis after reputational burial by a tidal wave of  social media. We feel sad, really, … Continue reading

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Success means having to say you’re sorry — unless you’re Jim Boeheim

Anyone who watched the Syracuse-Duke college basketball game Saturday night might have thought Bobby Knight had returned to the coaching ranks. Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim exploded over a key charge call and took two technical fouls with his team down … Continue reading

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Chevron, vying with BP for the most befuddled crisis reponse

What is it about big oil companies’ response to a crisis? Exxon Valdez. BP Gulf spill. And now Chevron pizza. As my colleague, the eagle-eyed Meredith Dropkin notes, sometimes these blog posts just write themselves. Here’s the deal: Pennsylvania is … Continue reading

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Clapper: Get all the bad news out first and fast — don’t let a Snowden do it

When the most secretive person in America — in this case Director of National Intelligence James Clapper — admits that getting all the facts and bad news out first and fast would have been a preferred decision in retrospect, the third-party … Continue reading

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NFL ‘culture’ hard to like or accept after bullying report, Sam reaction

Nicholas Dawidoff’s book on the NFL, Collision Low Crossers, is an especially hot property in the wake of the report for the league on the Miami Dolphins bullying case and Missouri’s Michael Sam outing himself last week as the first openly gay draft … Continue reading

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Under Armour facing reputational hit over speed skating suits

Under Armour apparently designed speed-skating suits that increase, rather than decrease, drag on the American racers. Favored in a variety of events to medal, all have so far finished dismally. Does a gut punch like this — apparently producing a faulty, or … Continue reading

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Radio Shack took us back to the ’80s — and then used ’80s decision making

RadioShack’s Super Bowl ad, featuring an amiable cast of TV and movie characters from the ’80s, rose to the top of most “best of” lists Monday. Then, in an apparent demonstration of the right hand not knowing what the left was … Continue reading

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