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When Brinksmanship Fails

Leadership, "Reputation Matters" Forbes, October 16, 2013

"Edgework," an old boyfriend used to call it. He meant taking risks right up to the edge of disaster, but staying just on the safe side of the edge.

In some situations, edgework is actually a lot of fun – the adrenaline flows, the body and mind are pumped, all senses are engaged, and you can then be a hero and pull the situation out of the fire at the very last minute. Innovative. Young. Sexy.

But, you know what...after a certain point, it isn't fun anymore. It just is tiresome. And then it gets dangerous. As with any addiction, in order to get the same thrill, you have to take more and more chances, and get closer and closer to the edge. Until one day, you can go too far, and you can fall over – and die.

Sound familiar? So, this is where we are as a nation – at the death of brinksmanship. [ more]

T&C Infographic: Should Hedge Funds Advertise?

T&C Infographic, September 23, 2013

In June of 2013, the SEC lifted the 80-year-old ban on advertising for Hedge Funds, Private Equity Funds, and Venture Capital Funds. This infographic draws from the Thought Piece on Hedge Fund Advertising and provides additional, visual data on the state of Hedge Funds' reputations.

The infographic also suggests how funds can leverage this golden opportunity to rebuild trust, improve investor relationships, and distinguish themselves from the crowd.

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Should Hedge Funds Advertise?

T&C Thought Piece, MarketWatch, September 20, 2013

As the ban on hedge fund, private equity fund, and venture capital fund "advertising" is set to lift on Monday, September 23, most funds are wondering if they should take advantage of the opportunity, or sit it out. Of most immediate concern will be whether the chance to advertise, reach out to the media, or otherwise market their expertise will actually help funds repair reputations tarnished during the financial crisis, says financial services reputation expert Davia Temin. [ more]

How NOT To Handle A Crisis: XO Communications' Monumental Fail

Leadership, "Reputation Matters" Forbes, September 7, 2013

We're a small business. They tell us that we are the backbone of the American economy. What do we need to compete and win at this challenging moment in time? (And they are all challenging of course.) Wonderful, smart people? Check. A valuable, viable business proposition and a record of success? Check. A profound care for our clients and an indefatigable work ethic? Check. A great website, superb intellectual capital, a highly responsive, real-time communications strategy? Check, check, check.

And a reliable, customer-friendly Internet Service Provider to host our email and point folks to our website? NO CHECK!

In fact, our ISP — one that specializes in small businesses — has had three systemic outages in 2 months, leaving us — and a huge percentage of small businesses in America — high and dry.

XO Communications is breaking every crisis management rule in the book. [ more]

What I Learned From Mickie Siebert: Put Your Head Down and Charge

Leadership, "Reputation Matters" Forbes, August 26, 2013

Mickie Siebert (aka Muriel) said, famously, when asked about the secret of her success: "I put my head down, and charge."

Indomitable, irrepressible, fearless, salty, independent, and ultimately successful — the secrets of Mickie's life are inspirational for both women and men leaders, both on and off of Wall Street. But, of course, it helps that she was such an early trailblazer for women in the all-male bastion of Wall Street, and that she charted a course that so many have followed, but so very few have succeeded at as well as she did. [ more]

Getting Out Of The Heat: 10 Ways For Leaders To Deal With An Angry Public

Leadership, "Reputation Matters" Forbes, July 19, 2013

Beyond 97 degree temperatures, there is another kind of heat that some leaders around the world are facing – and that is an increasingly angry public. Whether they are trying to perpetuate the legacy of the Arab Spring, their yoga pants are made of thinner-than-usual material, or they have been caught allowing their agents to spy on a good percentage of the population... leaders are being cut little slack by their constituents. This article offers ten tips on how to deal with an angry public [ more]

Leadership Under Attack -- Escalating Crisis And Reputation Challenges In The Age Of Social Media

Leadership, "Reputation Matters" Forbes, July 16, 2013

Leadership of all kinds has been coming under unprecedented attack. But, Sometimes it TAKES a crisis to see who you really are. And get the word out. Organizations can use crisis to reaffirm who they are, what they stand deed and word. They can become stronger, finer, more tested, more positively well known. But it is real engagement that is needed. It does not, usually, handle itself. [ more]

Leadership Under Attack

Temin Client Letter

Temin and Company's Summer Client Letter - just issued - focuses on: Leadership Under Attack – Escalating Crisis and Reputation Challenges in the Age of Social Media. Please click below to see the entire letter, as sent this week to clients and friends.

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Your Foundation in Crisis: Will You Be Ready?

Philanthropy New York, June 18, 2013

Crisis is turning into the "new normal" for most organizations and corporations in this post-recession era. And foundations are as vulnerable and prone to crisis as public companies and universities, particularly in the age of social media. In this piece for Philanthropy New York's Smart Assets blog, Davia Temin writes about the recent "crisis case" seminar she led for foundation executives. [ more]

Boards Coming Up Short on Crisis Management

Marcy Syms and Davia Temin, Agenda, June 10, 2013

Corporate boards are facing crises of a magnitude never before seen, with even the most experienced board directors finding themselves ill-prepared for crisis. Therefore, how boards respond to such events speaks volumes about the character and culture of the organizations they lead. In this Agenda article, Davia Temin – along with co-author Marcy Syms, former CEO of Syms Corporation – outlines several steps boards can take to set the right tone for management and help mitigate risk when crisis hits.

If you'd like to read the full article, please click here (PDF).»

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