Discussion: Section 2.5

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Discussion: Section 2.5

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After reviewing the course materials in this unit, consider the following questions. 

  1. Describe a real-world situation that may lead to a crisis that needs to be managed. What is the situation? How did you anticipate this as leading to a crisis? What might you do to plan to resolve or evade the crisis?
  2. Consider your role in crisis management. What type of plans would you have in place to respond and handle news media inquiries? What key messages would you have prepared for your spokesperson? How would you distribute this information to your various audiences?

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by Raden Ayu Annisa Maharani Wulandari -

Healthcare Crisis Management Example: Global Pandemic

While the global pandemic that began in late 2019 challenged many organizations, the calamity also highlighted examples of strong crisis management. 

The Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi operates as a U.S. medical center in the United Arab Emirates. The hospital faced COVID-19 early in its migration beyond China. The clinic responded quickly in order to both expand its emergency capacity and continue providing care for cancer and transplant patients, as well as for those with other complex needs. 

Dr. Rakesh Suri, CEO of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, says that forming a crisis management team (that included individuals from all levels of the organization) was a critical step, as doing so enabled the hospital to act with agility. The medical center also coordinated with other local hospitals to maximize resources and play to each institution’s strengths. 

The executive team took extra steps to take care of staff, including talking honestly about their emotional challenges and providing sleeping rooms, meditation space, online workouts, nutritious food, counseling, and childcare. 

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by Andrew Miller -
A real-world situation that could lead to a crisis for a public relations consulting company is a major data breach compromising sensitive client information. Anticipating this as a potential crisis involves recognizing the increasing frequency of cyber attacks targeting businesses of all sizes, including PR firms that may store valuable client data.

To plan to resolve or evade such a crisis, the company should have robust cybersecurity measures in place to prevent breaches, including encrypted databases, secure communication channels, and regular security audits. Additionally, implementing employee training programs on cybersecurity best practices can help mitigate the risk of internal vulnerabilities, such as phishing attacks.

In terms of crisis management, as the PR director of the company, I would ensure the following plans are in place:

Crisis Communication Plan:
Designate a crisis management team consisting of key stakeholders, including the business manager, consultants, and legal counsel.
Develop a detailed crisis communication plan outlining roles and responsibilities, escalation procedures, and communication protocols.
Establish clear lines of communication with relevant authorities, such as law enforcement and regulatory bodies.
Prepare a crisis communication toolkit containing templates for press releases, social media posts, and internal communications.
Media Relations Plan:
Designate a trained spokesperson to handle media inquiries and serve as the official voice of the company during the crisis.
Conduct media training sessions for the spokesperson to ensure they are equipped to effectively communicate key messages under pressure.
Develop key messages focusing on transparency, accountability, and the company's commitment to resolving the issue and mitigating any potential harm to clients.
Monitor media coverage and social media channels to stay informed of public sentiment and address any misinformation or rumors proactively.
Audience Communication Strategy:
Identify and prioritize key stakeholders, including clients, employees, business partners, and regulatory agencies.
Tailor communication strategies to each audience segment, considering their unique concerns and information needs.
Utilize multiple communication channels, such as email, phone calls, social media, and website updates, to ensure timely and consistent messaging.
In the event of a data breach crisis, the designated spokesperson would convey the following key messages:

Acknowledgment of the breach and assurance that the company is taking the situation seriously.
Explanation of the actions being taken to investigate the breach, mitigate its impact, and prevent future incidents.
Assurance of transparency and commitment to keeping stakeholders informed throughout the resolution process.
Apology for any inconvenience or harm caused to clients and reassurance of the company's dedication to protecting their interests.
These messages would be distributed through various channels, including press releases sent to media outlets, updates posted on the company website and social media platforms, and direct communication with affected clients and stakeholders via email or phone calls. Additionally, the spokesperson would be available for media interviews to provide further clarification and address any questions or concerns from the public.