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Champagne, chocolate and a whole lot of truth

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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Please don’t stop with the what, think about “what next?”

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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Time for Internal Communicators to step out of their comfort zone

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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How to think big and still get the day job done

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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Survival of the fittest

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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It’s P-P-P-P-P-P-Publication Day!

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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Purpose is a personal issue, and so is pride in your work

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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Why Millennial Managers need to be better than their predecessors

Was there ever a generation that has been so frequently analysed as the Millennials? Born and raised while Larry Page was codifying the entire world’s information, they entered adulthood with technology in the palm of their hands. By the time they hit the workplace, they were being tabled as the most connected, the most demanding,...
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Does your people policy need a face-lift?

Contrary to popular myth, the current Baby Boomer generation is the best educated, healthiest and most productive thanany generation before them. Which is why the UK’s most forward thinking employers are adopting smart policies that will encourage them to stay in the workplace for longer. Recent ONS figures show that there are almost 10 million...
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