Nigella’s reputation re-launch provides lesson in crisis management planning

The new year presented Nigella Lawson with an opportunity to begin a new phase of reputation management for “Brand Nigella” following a challenging 2013. With last year’s court case behind her and a new TV series about to begin in the US, Nigella transitioned from crisis communication mode by seizing the opportunity to set the […]

Wonga banks on pro-active issues management to protect its reputation

Last week we suggested how businesses can take a more pro-active approach to issues management when faced with challenges such as zero hours contracts (click here to see our blog post). So I was fascinated to see how Wonga, the short term cash loan company, has decided on a pro-active approach to the reputational issues […]

From hero to zero: the next issues management test?

The use of zero-hours contracts could be the next big issues management challenge for UK businesses after last year’s tax avoidance scandal.  It certainly bears some of the same hallmarks, with one company already ‘outed’ (in this case Sports Direct) and Hovis hitting the headlines when workers went on strike to protest about the issue. […]

Why answering the tough questions is an essential skill for today’s CEO

With interest in and scrutiny of business at an all time high, today’s CEOs must also assume the role of CCO – chief communication officers.  With the value of trust at a premium, corporate reputation management should now be high on the agenda for all business leaders. This means that the most successful CEOs will […]

Six principles for reputation management in a transparent world

My previous blog posting looked at the dramatically different context for reputation management in an era of total transparency, and the challenges this presents to leaders wishing to communicate and build trust with stakeholders. Here’s a copy of the full presentation from my session with Common Purpose: [slideshare id=12209887&doc=march282012commonpurposejh-120329100211-phpapp01] Against this background, successful reputation management […]

Why client relationships without trust are doomed to failure

The April issue of CorpComms magazine includes fascinating research about the level of trust between PR agencies and their clients.  The headline finding is that whilst over half of agencies believe they have an open and honest relationship with their clients, just 29% of in-house directors trust their agencies “absolutely”. I believe that in life […]