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Nobody has ever called me timid. Impetuous, headstrong, maybe, a bit of a risk-taker. Many describe me as someone with a lot of energy, always busy with lots of projects, yet on the look out for new adventures.   So it came as no surprise last year when, as a 60th birthday present, my kids gave me...
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Have you ever read something erudite published by McKinsey and thought “I wish I’d said that!” Well, this time I can honestly say, “I did say that!” When I published the PRIDE Model two years ago, I spoke about elevating the role and interests of the individual at work to those of the organisation, creating an...
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As we were all adjusting to lockdown back in April, I was invited to write about Employer Branding for the Brand Network’s Trends & Insights Digest and to revisit the principles of the PRIDE Model in the context of COVID-19. You can read and download my report from the link below. I’m interested to hear...
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Last month, I had the pleasure of taking part in a Brand Network People & Culture Briefing at the London Stock Exchange, co-hosted by The Centre for Brand Analysis (TCBA) and Investors in People. On the agenda were brand purpose, employer brand, employee value proposition (EVP), diversity and inclusion, and wellbeing. The event created a powerful...
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It’s almost a year since the publication of my book, Take Pride, during which I have spent a lot of time talking about how to make people and companies more successful. My themes include delivering authenticity behind brand promises, creating positive cultures that are energising, providing a sense of purpose and direction, and above all,...
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This year, I hit the big 6-0, which makes me a whole ten years younger than the wonderful Institute of Internal Communication (IoIC). The IoIC has been a constant in my professional life, a source of knowledge, expertise and guidance, and most importantly, where I made some of my closest friendships in the business. Whether...
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One of the biggest challenges for me when I was an inhouse communications manager (with no team) was trying to get all my tasks done while still trying to maintain a sense of where I was going. On the good days, I felt like I was the only person in the company who actually knew...
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From time to time I write guest blogs for Poppulo, the excellent internal communications platform. In this except from Take Pride, I outline the economic case for building energy at work and consider how some forward thinking organisations deal with the whole topic of institutional and personal wellbeing. Thanks to Poppulo Editor, Tim Vaughan for...
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My excitement levels have been mounting on a daily basis, ever since I first saw the first advance copy of Take Pride. I mean it’s such a neat little book, compact, I would say, and I could just see it taking pride of place in a bookshop window, or on one of those tables right...
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I’ve spent a lot of time on the road this past year, working with clients at home and abroad, to achieve their goals, to change cultures, to drive performance. I’ve also attended a few excellent communications and employer brand conferences, hearing and sharing new ideas on how to build better business through communications and people....
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