Category Archives: Business Leadership

The Future of Internal Comms. Is there one?

Job hunting over the last few months has given me the opportunity to rethink the role the IC professional plays within a business. A variety of inputs have spurred my thinking: IC professionals debating “The Future of IC” Before Christmas … Continue reading

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Taking personal responsibility – a too rare leadership quality

A few years ago I was asked to produce a high impact presentation on the strengths and opportunities for improvement of the organisation’s leadership capability. The presentation would be used to introduce a facilitated discussion on leadership at their annual … Continue reading

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What is the optimum size for an internal comms function?

I started re-considering this question when I read a LinkedIn status update from my former CommsQuest colleague David Norton who wrote: “It is that time of year again, just had the 3rd meeting this week about Comms budgets for 2016. … Continue reading

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‘Tell me’ versus ‘show me’ – overcoming the limitations of the spoken word.

Sally Magnusson’s book Where Memories Go is the story of her mother’s fight to retain her grip on her articulate self. Mamie Baird Magnusson was regarded as one of the finest journalists of her generation. Her daughter’s book combines an … Continue reading

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Marketing and internal communications – the yin & yang of corporate messaging

In this blog I have previously written extensively about the future of internal communications and where it should sit within an organisation for maximum effectiveness.  (See The Future of Internal Comms. Is there one? and Internal comms – Poor relation … Continue reading

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Is honesty always the best policy?

Anyone who reads my blog regularly knows that I’m a firm advocate of honesty in the workplace. I think honesty is the least we should expect from our leaders and, to be frank, in these days of hyper-transparency, the chances … Continue reading

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Can large corporations ever match the transparency of a start-up?

I may be naïve. Indeed I’m regularly accused of it, but I’d love to work for an organisation where employees are rewarded for speaking up and championing their beliefs rather than one where they sit tight and wait to see … Continue reading

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