Walmart and JPMorgan: Tales From The Trenches

The most seasoned and successful practitioners in the public relations business have a finely honed instinct for how something will play out in the court of public opinion. Recently, however, two very big corporate gaffes made me wonder whether their communications consiglieres turned a tin, if not deaf ear to activities that would prove deleterious…… Continue reading Walmart and JPMorgan: Tales From The Trenches

Firms We Love to Hate

Lloyd BlankfeinJamie DimonPretty much anyone tooling in the PR biz is keyed in on the latest chapter in Goldman Sachs’ extended trial in the court of public opinion.James GormanWhat is it about this particular company that compels the media, regulators, legislators and general public to pounce on it at every turn?  Are Goldman’s standards and…… Continue reading Firms We Love to Hate

Low Profiles

As I followed this weekend’s New York Times-Wall Street Journal email news alert war over the fates of Lehman and Merrill, I started wondering which dynamics really played the biggest roles in contributing to these once venerable firms’ de-existence early this morning.Few pundits disagree that both took excessive (reckless) investment risks. And most recognize the…… Continue reading Low Profiles