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Temin and Company is often quoted in print, broadcast and social media on topical issues as well as industry trends.

Following is a list of links to those articles, beginning with the most recent.

The CEO apology, in 14 tweets

Jena McGregor, The Washington Post, November 21, 2014

When Uber CEO Travis Kalanick rattled off a series of 14 tweets Tuesday afternoon, most of the attention was on what he said rather than how he said it. While Kalanick may have intended to apologize for the controversy that erupted after one of Uber's executives suggested digging into the personal lives of journalists, he was chided for the sorry-not-sorry nature of his remarks.

Yet his decision to issue that apology via a "tweetstorm" — a series of tweets on a single subject — was also a head scratcher. Using a series of tweets, rather than a single one that links to a blog post or press release for more information, has become an increasingly popular vehicle for corporate communications. But that might be misguided.

Davia Temin says she generally likes the idea of executives using a tweetstorm: It has a feel of spontaneity and authenticity, and the flood of comments can prompt greater visibility for the CEO's remarks. If an executive is using it to lay out a position or discuss an industry issue, it can be "a brilliant use of the medium," she says. "People report on a tweetstorm more than a blog." [...read more]

Weekly Wrap: Merging the GSEs; Does Choke Point Hurt the Unbanked?

American Banker, November 7, 2014

Among the stories in this week's Weekly Wrap, Management consultant Davia Temin takes a look at some uncomfortable findings about how successful women negotiate unconscious gender bias and power dynamics in finance, technology and other industries. [...read more]

When in Crisis, What Should Boards Do?

Rob Meiksins, Nonprofit Quarterly, October 9, 2014

In recent weeks and months, there have been a series of crises in organizations ranging from data breaches at Target, Michaels, and Chase to the sexual abuse scandals at Penn State and domestic violence in the NFL. In many of these cases, although the boards of directors were not blamed directly, they often came under fire for not having paid close enough attention to see the crises coming or for reacting too slowly. It is no surprise, then, articles have begun to appear addressing how a board should act before, during and after a crisis.

Forbes' online news outlet has published a list of 10 things boards should do, authored by contributor Davia Temin, who is listed as a leadership and crisis expert. Although her comments address for-profit corporations for the most part, the lessons can also be applied to nonprofit organizations. [...read more]

Crisis of the Week: How Well Did Tesco Account for Itself?

Ben DiPietro, The Wall Street Journal's Risk & Compliance Journal, September 29, 2014

Since news of the shortfall was made public Tesco has suspended four senior executives and called in outside auditors and attorneys to investigate. It also moved up the starting date for its new chief financial officer, who was supposed to take over in December but who now is starting immediately. We asked our crisis and reputation experts if the actions taken by Chief Executive Dave Lewis—who assumed the top job just last month—are sufficient to quell the negative publicity.

Davia Temin, president and CEO, Temin and Co.: "When companies are this troubled, new issues keep bubbling up, as this latest one seemingly did. And that is in direct conflict with crisis management rule 101–get all of the bad news out right away, don't let it trickle out–so that once it is all in the open, you can focus on the fixes." [...read more]

In NFL Probe, Even FBI Chiefs Risk ‘Motivated Blindness’

Jeff Green, Bloomberg, September 24, 2014

It's becoming a time-worn script. Company gets in trouble. Public gets upset. Company hires former head of three-letter agency or former prosecutor to get to the bottom of said trouble in thick report. Public forgives.

The National Football League's decision to hire former FBI Director Robert Mueller to examine its handling of a player's domestic violence case mimics companies such as General Motors Co. and BP Plc in hiring high-profile outsiders to blunt criticism by airing their dirty laundry. Demand for such investigations has spawned a multi-million business as 55 percent of companies last year said they had at least one internal investigation requiring the assistance of outside counsel, according to an April report on litigation trends by Norton Rose Fulbright.

The question is how impartial these investigation can really be -- or, more broadly, how much truth do they want to find?

"It's always a challenge when you're trying to shine bright lights on what's going on in dark rooms," said Davia Temin, head of the New York-based crisis management firm Temin & Co. "The question always is, how far does the public blood-letting go?" [...read more]

Roger Goodell has gone to ground

Tim Keown, ESPN, September 18, 2014

Roger Goodell has disappeared. In the NFL's hour of greatest need, its leader has decided to remain silent and invisible. Poof! Vanished. For more than a week, as pictures emerge and indictments are filed and news conferences collapse under the weight of doublespeak and obfuscation, Goodell has sealed himself away from the mounting pile of rubble.

Where is he, and why? Is the commissioner himself on the NFL exempt/commissioner's permission list? His retreat from the public realm gives the impression of a boss who is not only inaccessible, but incapable. This isn't going away soon.

New York crisis management expert Davia Temin says she would tell Goodell this: The league must use its reach and influence to devote itself to the issue of domestic violence, including child abuse. It should mandate its players and team employees to complete the strictest and most comprehensive domestic violence training in corporate America. It should buy in wholly and completely, not as a PR stunt. [...read more]

In wake of Target, Home Depot tight with info in breach response

Nathan Layne, Reuters, September 8, 2014

Home Depot Inc is being tight-lipped about its possible credit card breach, the opposite approach to the one Target Corp took nearly a year ago.

Almost a week after security blogger Brian Krebs warned that Home Depot could be the victim of a breach extending to more than 2,000 U.S. stores, the home improvement chain has not confirmed or denied that one had occurred. The company said Tuesday that it was working with authorities to investigate the matter.

"When you have criminal behavior, you don’t know right away what all the ramifications are," said Davia Temin, head of a consultancy focused on crisis and reputation management. "It’s really hard when you are trying to overcommunicate not to misstate reality." [...read more]

Office Hours with Davia Temin

Freyan Billimoria, Levo League, July 8, 2014

Davia Temin joins Freyan Billimoria for Levo League's "Office Hours," a weekly, 30-minute live Q&A video chat that gives viewers an exclusive inside look into the career path, lessons learned and personal advice from top leaders and experts. She shares stories about how she got where she is today, top tips for communications, and managing those curveballs that life throws at you. [...read more]

Greek Recovery Spurred by Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Savita Iyer-Ahrestani, ThinkAdvisor, May 23, 2014

Signs of economic recovery in Greece are beginning to be evident. And although the pace is slow, it is real.

A little more than a month after Greece issued its first sovereign Eurobond since before the financial crisis, another issuer, National Bank of Greece is reportedly set to come to market with a senior unsecured bond issue of its own–one that could be priced at an even lower yield than the sovereign's, thereby attesting to the improved sentiment surrounding Greece.

Of course, Greece's troubles are far from over. Substantial economic growth is still a dream and unemployment remains at record levels.

And yet there is a sense of great optimism, said Davia Temin, founder and CEO of marketing, reputation, and media strategy for Temin and Co., who was recently in Athens as part of the U.S. State Department's Global Entrepreneurship Program's Entrepreneurship Delegation to Greece. [...read more]

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