This is my first attempt at a blog. Please welcome me to the 21st Century. (Actually, except for some digital deficiencies, I'm a rather up-to-date guy as Baby Boomers go.) I'm a senior consultant with the Institute for Crisis Management. I want to use this space to share ideas about how businesses and nonprofits can avoid crises. In addition, when the unspeakable strikes, I want to examine how organizations can reduce the impacts and get back to normal.
First, I want to tell about the Institute for Crisis Management, where I landed in January 2006. Here's a link to a short movie that will tell you more: http://www.impactmovie.com/icm/.
ICM has achieved a distinct position in the crisis consulting field since its founding in 1989. A number of attributes distinguish ICM from public relations agencies that offer crisis communications as one of their services and consulting firms that get involved in various aspects of contingency planning and disaster management:
- ICM only does crisis communication planning, training and consulting. We help corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies minimize the damage to their business from the negative perceptions created by crisis events that go "public" and the news coverage that results.
- The ICM Crisis Database of more than 111,000 business crisis news stories, which is unique in the field of crisis consulting, helps ICM assess the trends in business crisis events as well as likely reactions and aftershocks when these disruptions occur.
- ICM's crisis communications plans are based on the "crash cart" approach used in hospital emergency rooms, but with worksheets for the client's most likely sudden and smoldering crises that can be accessed quickly in chaotic conditions. ICM's plans have been used in many crisis situations involving industrial and environmental accidents, the sudden death of executives and in the aftermath of natural disasters.
Feel free to visit our website at www.crisisexperts.com.