Wednesday, December 1, 2010

CYA - A Strategy for Everyone!

I work in a very political place.  And before you start yeah yeahing from your cheap seats in the back there (like where aren’t there politics?), know that my place can be particularly challenging.  While I could say that today was one such day, it really began yesterday.

When a meeting in a boardroom degenerates into a he said/she said type scenario with the hired help caught inbetween, you know what follows will be a “shitstorm” of note.

And together with the delightful rain here in Sydney (is it really going to last for 24 days Tim Bailey?????) I got caught bang in the middle of the two with not an umbrella or drizabone in sight.

As a PR person, I know more than most the value of a cya strategy – on EVERYTHING.  Important discussions are documented, untrustworthy discussions are documented, documents are documented and so on and so on.  As long as you aren’t using a forest in Brazil to do it (bless the laptop – all hail) everyone is happy and your arse is covered.  But that’s only if everyone plays the game.

Empires have crumbled over less so if you take nothing else away from this post today let it be that regardless of the digital age or your position of authority or perceived position of authority – COVER YOUR ARSE.  It’s going to save everyone a lot of aggravation.

Now pass me the toilet paper.


  1. Oh my word. This is SO TRUE. And a lesson I learned the hard way ;) love the header on your blog. And I get to be your first follower!

  2. I agree with your post. If you didn't write it down, it didn't happen...

  3. So true. I work in the public service where jobs are created just in order to cover one's arse!

  4. Great post & so true. Thank you for your comment on my blog today x