Crisis Tales: Five Rules for Coping with Crises in Business, Politics, and Life

Crisis Tales: Five Rules for Coping with Crises in Business, Politics, and Life

by Lanny J. Davis

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Crisis Tales: Five Rules for Coping with Crises in Business, Politics, and Life by Lanny J. Davis

TELL IT ALL, TELL IT EARLY, TELL IT YOURSELF

Nobody ever calls Lanny Davis to give him good news. As a legal crisis manager, he’s the man public figures such as Bill Clinton, Martha Stewart, U.S. representative Charlie Rangel, and companies such as Whole Foods, among many others, rely on to pull them through public scandal with their reputations intact.

Winning your case in a courtroom instead of the media is no longer a viable option. These days, every scandal is tried in the court of public opinion. Refusing to dignify allegations with an answer is grounds for flagellation by the press. Political insider Davis has spent years helping politicians, sports figures, business executives, and corporations through the biggest reputation crises of our times, and each case has aided him in the creation of five invaluable rules that absolutely anyone can use to protect himself from damaging hearsay— online and off.

In this fascinating and practical resource, Davis tells the real stories behind his famous clients’ very public scandals as he explains what he and his team did right, what they did wrong, and how they learned from their mistakes and successes. As impossible as it is to believe, many public relations experts still rely on the faulty Nixon model—deny, deny, deny. This tactic was detrimental not only to Nixon’s presidency but, for example, to Exxon and BP (not Davis’s clients) following major oil spills. Instead, Davis believes, it is important to tell the full story yourself, even if it means sharing unflattering details before they leak on their own. By getting ahead of the story, you have more control over how the information is reported and perceived in the media.

Damaging falsehoods can go viral in an instant, but the nation’s premier political spin doctor will teach you how to fight back.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451679304
Publisher: Threshold Editions
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Lanny J. Davis is a lawyer who counsels individuals, corporations, and others on crisis management and legal issues. He served as special counsel to President Bill Clinton and was a spokesperson for the president and the White House on matters concerning campaign finance investigations and other legal issues. In 2005 President George W. Bush appointed Davis to serve on the five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, created by the U.S. Congress as part of the 2005 Intelligence Reform Act. He graduated from Yale Law School, where he won the prestigious Thurman Arnold Moot Court prize and served on the Yale Law Journal. He is the author of The Unmaking of the President 2016.

Table of Contents

Preface: Tell It All, Tell It Early, Tell It Yourself xi

Introduction: The Five Rules of Crisis Management 1

Rule 1 Get All the Facts Out

1 Martha Stewart 21

2 HealthSouth 41

Rule 2 Put the Facts into Simple Messages

3 Pakistan 65

4 Royal Caribbean 81

Rule 3 Get Ahead of the Story

5 Macy's 101

6 Representative Charles Rangel 120

7 Gene Upshaw and the NFL Players Association 149

8 Dan Snyder and the Washington Redskins 170

9 Senator Trent Lott 190

Rule 4 Fight for the Truth Using Law, Media, and Politics

10 Rent-Way 205

11 The Honduras Crisis 232

Rule 5 Never Represent Yourself in a Crisis

12 A Fool for a Client 253

13 Fighting the Big Lie on the Internet: The Swarm of Bees 288

Afterword: Penn State 306

Acknowledgments 355

Index 359

What People are Saying About This

Gary Lauer

"Crisis Tales offers simple crisis management rules, told through riveting true-to-life stories, that can help everyone facing a business, governmental, or personal crisis. In my experience, Lanny applies his unique combination of legal, media, and experience to get the facts out early, develop the right strategy to communicate them effectively, and find the "sweet spot" solution among competing viewpoints to solve the problem.

John P. Mackey

"Our company turned to Lanny Davis when we faced a legal problem in Washington. He found a way to combine his considerable legal, media, and political skills to find a solution satisfactory to all parties. This book demonstrates the effectiveness of his multi-disciplinary approach to crisis management.

Carl M. Cannon

“When a controversy arises involving a public figure, Lanny Davis is the ‘go-to guy’ for journalists. The irony is that if this book is read—and actually heeded—by more politicians and celebrities, there will be less need of Lanny’s services.”

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