Former Wolfeboro New Hampshire Police Commissioner Robert Copeland resigned his post in shame today. Copeland had called the President of the United States, Barack Obama, a NIGGER. And he did so with pride. His hubris was so great he thought he could get away with it as an elected official himself. He obviously did not understand how reputation works. He truly underestimated the power of the court of public opinion versus the court of law, including election law.
Robert Copeland was not tried in legal court nor did he lose in a re-election campaign. He was forced out by a town concerned for its own reputation combined with the pressure of others, including myself, asking for a boycott of Wolfeboro until he resigned.… Read the rest
Mike Paul , The Reputation Doctor®, praying at the Oklahoma Memorial
I entered the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial (officially called the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum) the morning of May 15, 2013 with a very heavy heart. There are many segments to the Memorial and each touched my heart and spirit deeply. I always planned to tour the Memorial before my keynote speech on reputation and ethics that afternoon for the 2013 Compass Awards sponsored by the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium (OK Ethics) and the Oklahoma Quality Foundation. But what I did not expect at the Oklahoma Memorial, was to experience a flood of emotions tied to my experience with NYC’s 9/11 tragedy.
It became a tale of two cities in both my head and heart and for a few minutes I was overwhelmed with emotion.… Read the rest
While there are many “top” lists and awards, none specifically address trustworthy business behavior – perhaps because the word “trust” presents a definitional challenge. For three years Trust Across America has been working with a growing team of experts to study, define and quantify trustworthy business behavior. While our research is nowhere near complete, we know that an organization cannot be deemed trustworthy without a culture that embraces the following characteristics: Financial stability and strength, Accounting conservativeness, Corporate integrity, Transparency, Sustainability and long-term Reputation preservation.
During the course of our research, we have met with and spoken to hundreds of thought leaders, across a variety of silos that, when their efforts are combined, help create trustworthy companies. Many of these people are well known and have received numerous honors and accolades, while others are quietly working behind the scenes.… Read the rest
It’s back! Each year, I put together my list of the top 10 reputations in crisis for the year and the following is the official Reputation Doctor’s Annual Top 10 List of Reputations in Crisis for 2011. This list is compiled by and solely the opinion of top crisis public relations and reputation management expert, Mike Paul, known globally as The Reputation Doctor®.
10. Bank of America Debit Card Fiasco
Bank of America thought raising debit card fees in a recession was a wise idea. Protests like Occupy Wall Street and the power of social media as a tool for upset customers proved otherwise. All of those in leadership who approved this unwise idea should be fired for forgetting the golden rule of business: the customer is always right!… Read the rest