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be a (something) in the making

To be likely to become a particular thing. She's the best actress in the school, so I think she's a Hollywood star in the making. The fact that those reports aren't ready yet is a disaster in the making.
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crisis actor

1. Someone who portrays a victim in a training drill for emergency personnel, such as firefighters and EMTs. I volunteered to be a crisis actor at my local hospital's disaster drill.
2. conspiracy theory Someone who impersonates a victim of a tragic incident, typically a mass shooting, that has been staged. The concept originated with conspiracy theorists who claim that such actors are employed by governments or secret organizations attempting to stage such incidents to gain support for a particular agenda. The term gained widespread attention when some survivors of the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were claimed to be crisis actors by conspiracy theorists in the aftermath of the shooting. Can you believe that some people think the Parkland kids were crisis actors paid to be there to further the liberal agenda on gun control? How sick is that?
See also: actor, crisis

crisis management

The actions undertaken to address or defuse a distressing situation affecting an organization or the public at large. The entire staff had been trained in crisis management, which saved many lives during the shooting. After we learned that another child had been seriously injured by one of our toys, crisis management became a top priority for the company.
See also: crisis, management

midlife crisis

A period in or near middle age in which one experiences profound doubt, anxiety, dissatisfaction, despondency, etc., regarding one's decisions or position in life. People, especially men, are commonly portrayed responding to this phenomenon by making drastic or extravagant changes or purchases in an attempt to bring novelty or excitement to their lives. A: "Did you see the new sports car Tom bought?" B: "Yeah, he must be going through a midlife crisis." After 20 years stuck in the same job and the same routine at home, I feel like I'm having a midlife crisis. Maybe I'll sell my possessions and move to Japan!
See also: crisis

opioid crisis

A public health crisis in the United States and Canada involving a sharp increase in the use of, addiction to, and overdoses from opioid drugs, especially since 2015 (although the trend is traced to the late 1990s). Opioids, typically used as prescription painkillers, include morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl, as well as heroin, which is illegal. Ingesting high doses of opioids can cause respiratory failure and death. Also known as the "opioid epidemic." The opioid crisis has led to a staggering number of deaths in a short period of time.
See also: crisis, opioid
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midlife crisis

A time of psychological anxiety that some individuals experience during their middle years. It can affect both men and women. In men, it sometimes takes the form of buying an expensive sports car or other equipment that emphasizes their youthfulness or fantasizing about beautiful young girls. Women may go on crash diets or undergo plastic surgery to regain a more youthful appearance. When the author’s son-in-law turned fifty, his wife reported that his midlife crisis involved looking for a bigger and better house, an unrealistic choice since their children were already enrolled in local schools. The term has also been transferred to institutions, countries, almost anything. An article by Russell Garland had, “Venture capital is having a midlife crisis. . . . The venture community in Silicon Valley is showing signs of middle age, moving more slowly and cautiously than before. . . .” (Wall Street Journal blog, July 23, 2010).
See also: crisis
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'Nothing can derail a crisis faster than a member of the team not doing their job,' Lee said.
Lee said it is good to identify who are the people or groups-including the public and media-related to your company who will need information about a crisis, and who should receive the disseminated information first.
'When a crisis hits that could have serious reputational repercussions for your brand, you can get out in front of it much quicker if you have a strategy in place,' Lee said.
According to previous studies (Klein and Dawar, 2004, Laufer et al., 2005 and Vassilikopoulou et al., 2009), consumers' perception towards crisis management will have an impact on consumers' purchase intention post-crisis.
Crisis management is separated into three phases: (1) pre-crisis, (2) crisis response, and (3) post-crisis (Coombs, 2007).
Therefore, customer purchase intention post-crisis can be described as customer willingness to buy the affected company's products once the crisis is over.
Early crisis management studies attempted to develop a typology of crises (i.e., natural events versus health disasters; see Pearson & Mitroff, 1993).
The stages in the four-stage model proposed by Fink (2002) include the (1) prodromal or pre-crisis stage, (2) the acute crisis stage, (3) the chronic crisis stage, and (4) crisis resolution stage.
Findings reported in previous studies have supported the roles of corporate associations in a crisis. For example, Romeo (1991) explored the moderating effect of perceived fit between family brand and brand extensions in a brand crisis.
Corporate Associations and Crisis Issue Congruence and Crisis Communication Strategies
Connie will hold a workshop with Inquirer Academy entitled 'Issues and Crisis Management: Responding to Media in Times of Crisis' which will help organizations respond to traditional and social media.
During a crisis, both organization and general public associated with the organization create crisis communication.
While the integration of social web and the internet into crisis communication is discussed intensively, the effect of crisis response strategies; information and sympathy via organizational spokesperson and a user-generated source has not yet been analyzed experimentally.
One of the biggest common problems that can increase the seriousness of this event mismanagement of resources (human, financial, material) in times of crisis.
A crisis is a crucial moment in the lives of individuals, groups, and populations, which marks a break in continuity and uncertainty as to the evolution of events characterized by a paroxysm of contradictions and uncertainties, which can produce explosions of violence or revolt.