Category Archives: Prepare for the crisis

Good to Great to Gone: The 60 Year Rise and Fall of Circuit City

Conference Board Review has an informative interview with Alan Wurtzel, former CEO of Circuit City, about the role of the Board, CEO, Strategy, those with dissenting opinions, and how the glacial demise of the company happened.  I thought the most … Continue reading

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Avatars & Corporate Strategy or Crisis

Working through strategies, including crisis planning, can use video games and Avatars to work through the roles of the key participants, the variations in decisions and results, and the experience of the key participants working together, even if they’re on … Continue reading

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The Wizard of Lies

I shared the stage with Diana Henriques, author of “The Wizard of Lies”, who shared her insights about Ponzi perps.  We’re hard-wired to trust people, so we need guiding principles to follow:  invest only with funds which have third-party consultants, … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Crisis and Crisis Planning

Hurricane Irene followed a winter of blizzards, a tornado, and an earthquake and served as a reminder that crises don’t always announce when they’re coming or how they’ll leave you. Tornado warnings require quick decisions. Our top priority was our … Continue reading

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How intimidating is an FBI raid?

If the FBI arrived at our place of business with a search warrant and wanted to interview us as they were seizing documents and computers, how would we react? Would we really have the presence of mind to say we … Continue reading

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What Does Board Diversity Look Like?V.II

We’ve watched highly respected companies careen into crisis and a company CEO/spokesman, Tony Hayward, become a joke on late night television. Should an experienced crisis expert be on the board who can identify risk, ask the right questions about safety, … Continue reading

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A Crisis at Houston Intercontinental Airport

A Crisis at Houston Intercontinental today There was an accident/fatality on the People Mover train at Houston Intercontinental, that was reported to be the only transportation between terminals. 30 minutes after the accident three things became instantly clear: 1. Having … Continue reading

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