Jim Lukaszewski

  • Name:
    Lukaszewski, Jim
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  • Topics:
    Communications, Crisis Management, Ethics, Leadership, Trust
  • Fee Ranges:
    $10,000 and below

America’s Crisis Guru, Author
James (Jim) E. Lukaszewski (Loo-ka-SHEV-skee) is one of America’s most visible corporate go-to people for senior executives when there is trouble in the room or on the horizon. As America’s Crisis Guru®, Lukaszewski is known for his ability to help executives look at problems from a variety of sensible, constructive and principled perspectives. He is an expert in managing and reducing contention, counteracting tough, touchy, sensitive corporate communications and institutional issues. He has spent his career counseling leaders of all types who face challenging situations that often involve conflict, controversy, community action or activist opposition.

Lukaszewski speaks annually before thousands of people, engaging a wide variety of local, statewide, national and international organizations and associations. His goal is often to help managers build, rebuild or reestablish trust in adversely affected organizations, cultures and communities. His diverse speaking audiences include business groups, state and federal government agencies at all levels, U.S. military services (DINFOS) and intelligence agencies, law enforcement, chemical industries, trade and professional associations, large businesses, extractive industries, transportation, healthcare and insurance groups, academia and more. He has worked in every standard industrial classification (SIC) on leadership and management problems. He is a consummate storyteller.

Lukaszewski is known for taking a business approach rather than traditional PR strategies by teaching clients to take highly focused, ethically appropriate action. He has helped leaders in organizations large and small in every standard industrial classifications (SIC), for-profits, non-profits, government, military, private and public organizations. He is often retained by senior management to directly intervene and manage the resolution of corporate problems and bad news while providing personal coaching and executive recovery advice for executives in trouble or facing career-defining problems and succession or departure issues. He is a coach to many CEOs, some of his clients refer to him as their “Yoda.”

Lukaszewski has the extraordinary ability to coach leaders at what is often the low point in their careers; to build staff support and service to senior executives, especially in troubled times; Lukaszewski applies a career-long focus on ethical practices and the constructive interaction with critics, those who are agitated and contentious, and those with grievances. His goal is to help leaders build, rebuild or reestablish trust in adversely affected organizations and cultures.

Lukaszewski has written 13 books and published hundreds of articles and monographs. His book, Why Should the Boss Listen to You? The Seven Disciplines of a Trusted Strategic Advisor (Jossey-Bass, 2008) is for everyone who advises. It’s about gaining influence and becoming a trusted strategic advisor. Lukaszewski on Crisis Communication, What Your CEO Needs to Know about Reputation Risk and Crisis Management (Rothstein Publishing, 2013) was named one of the 30 Best New Business Books of 2013 by Soundview Executive Book Summaries. The Manager’s Guide to Handling the Media in Crisis: Saying & Doing the Right Thing When It Matters Most, a Rothstein Publishing Collection eBook, was published in 2016. Wherever you study public relations on the planet, you’ll likely read something or see something from or by Jim Lukaszewski.


Getting Your Boss to Listen to You
Whatever your staff function is – law, human resources, public relations, strategic planning, security, marketing or compliance – you deserve to be heard much earlier, more often and at higher levels. This presentation will open your eyes and share with you the seven powerful disciplines you need to have more access, more impact, more influence, more importance and a more satisfying professional life.

Transforming Managers into Leaders: Seven Sensible Constructive Strategies
This discussion will help you and your best and brightest become sharper and smarter. The presentation will help you develop personal processes for communication and achievement; understand the nature and patterns of leadership; how management differs from leadership; and how to unlock your personal potential for leadership. Learn how to release the leader that lives within you!

Influencing Public Attitudes: Communication Strategies that Reduce the Media’s Influence on Public Decision Making and Your Destiny
Few businesses, organizations and important individuals can afford to ignore for long what the public thinks, says and does about them. Today’s communication environment enables individuals to have extraordinary power, access and influence. Explore the power, employ that power, talk and interact directly with those who are affected and concerned. You can and should have the last word. Control your own destiny or someone else will.

Crisis Proofing Your Organization (and Probably Your Career)
Learn Jim’s unique six-step dynamic approach for a crisis response action process that will control and reduce contention, and address the most crucial issues directly and promptly. Prepare your organization and leadership for the visibility that will inevitably happen and learn specific techniques to protect your reputation and maintain trust.

Waging Peace and Rebuilding Trust in Your Community: The Story of Every Angry Town
Learn strategies for regaining trust, gaining and maintaining permission, resolving conflicts and controversy, and calming everybody down. These are specific, proven strategies for establishing powerful stakeholder relationships, dealing candidly, openly and compassionately with the pain and suffering the community may be feeling; focusing on resolving issues, getting to agreement, reducing contention and building a more powerful, positive future for your community, your organization and your leadership.

Bringing Out the Best in You and Your Organization
This presentation is an interesting and powerful discussion of the key attributes of the best organizations using a unique seven ingredient template approach to guide your organization to be the best it can possibly be. You’ll develop the best core concepts; the best core ethical principles; the best code of integrity; unlearn inappropriate behaviors; how to handle ethical dilemmas and difficult issues; and how to develop the best people, best products, best relationships, best work and best future.

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