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How Improv Principles and Startup Culture Reshape Crisis Communications

Back in May RallyEngine’s Marketing Director Steve Hardy and MCSC Executive Director Amanda Pick co-presented Herding Cats, Finding Kids, and Rallying Dispersed Teams in a Crisis to a lovely audience at CPRS’s annual Ascend Summit in beautiful Banff, Alberta. Steve’s part riffed on insights gleaned from this Ipsos study of the Calgary Flood in which the importance of emergent and ad hoc teams …

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Also Striving for Excellence at the Sochi Olympics: National Delegations’ Operations Teams

Later this week the 22nd Winter Olympics will begin in Sochi, Russia. 88 nations will participate in a range of 98 events, in front of a worldwide audience of billions. No doubt there will be some remarkable sports achievements and a variety of teams and athletes will capture our hearts with display of years of hard work in the pursuit …

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How to keep a dispersed workforce on the same page

Thanks to worldwide adoption of broadband internet and simplified, often free networking, file sharing, and videoconferencing tools, the geographically dispersed workforce has gone from a rarity to a fact of business life. Whether it saves an employee a 45-minute commute or allows businesses to hire a team member from another continent without forcing her to relocate, the benefits of telecommuting …

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The travails of sports travel

For big-time professional athletes life on the road can often be a truly unbelievable experience. As Magic Johnson details in his autobiography, My Life (1993): “Just about every time the bus brought us back to our hotel after a game there would be 40 or 50 women waiting in the lobby to meet us. Most of them were beautiful…. Usually, …

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It’s time to modernize the call-tree and mobilize crisis communications

The Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent massive manhunt was a stark reminder of how quickly tragic events can unfold and how widespread the damage and disruption can be. Disasters – both natural and manmade – refocus priorities and highlight the systems that governments, companies, organizations, and families have in place to manage them. And like Sandy or Newtown or West, …

Start by identifying your crisis communications team

Most organizations know the critical importance of preparation and securing effective channels for crisis communications. After Hurricane Katrina, you might think we had learned our lesson. Instead, Sandy devastated the East Coast and Professor Darren Hayes from Pace University reported on his Congress Blog that the first lesson of Superstorm Sandy is: “Improve communication.” All organizations, businesses, non-profits, and partnerships, should …