A 101 for press conferences

I have no idea why, but today, I’m prompted to share some hints a tips on press conferences. Some key principles: Unless you have something earth-shattering to communicate to all of the media, at the same time – don’t do a press conference; for businesses a conference call is often more effective Use the first… Read More

Mega risks and disasters – a resilient company will get back on track faster

Businesses are increasingly expected to prepare for, and manage the effects of major disasters and they play an integral role in disaster risk mitigation and recovery. We produced a blog for 6-Group on what businesses should be doing to ensure they are resilient and therefore become partners of choice for their customers if disaster strikes. Photo,… Read More

Oxfam – work begins on ensuring a permanent fix for the aid sector

Since allegations emerged of aid workers participating in sex parties in disaster-stricken Haiti, Oxfam has been fighting a rear-guard action.   It’s looked like an organization that was wrong-footed from the outset, never regained the initiative and is struggling to use its undoubtedly noble values as a defence for the defenceless. This is doubly ironic,… Read More

Carillion, the government and when someone else’s problem becomes yours

The situation with Carillion seems to support the old adage: “If you owe the bank £100, it’s your problem, if you own the bank £10m it’s the bank’s problem.” In this case, last week’s theoretical, but realistic prospect of the melt-down of Carillion looked like the banks, bondholders and shareholders would have a problem, but… Read More