Posts in Communication
“Leading and influencing leaders”

Gantt charts alone do not deliver. In my interview with Matthew Henry, a project manager in the nuclear industry, I explore how the ability to lead other leaders and communicate direction and vision impact project delivery. 

Leadership has always been an interesting topic. Often, however, people associate position with leadership. What is your take on this?

It’s true that people equate position with leadership, but that it doesn’t have to be that way…

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Four leadership errors which will lose you money

Thirdly:  identify or grow vision champions in the organisation. Challenge them regularly to identify, develop and measure opportunities in the organisation as well as the market that will help your team achieve the vision. Help them get off the merry-go-round of lack of direction.

Fourthly: Count the cost of not being clear. Review departmental business plans, assess these against your organisational goals and vision. Do not let teams loose until you are satisfied that the direction they are taking is in line with the overall direction. Evaluate and adjust ongoingly and compare cost savings and earnings across the organisation and cut activities which do not serve the vision. Here is your greatest cost-saving.

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The essential 'constant' of stakeholder-engagement - not just in the nuclear sector

Communication has to take on the form of a constant when delivering stakeholder engagement strategies. It must include careful and ongoing listening, generous and engaging outward communication and ongoing evaluation of content delivered on both sides. Relationships - strong relationships - can only be formed and nurtured through active, interactive and ongoing communication. Leaders, organisations and communications professionals must be in it for the long-term. There is no second best approach, no magic bullet. Stakeholder engagement is hard work. The results will speak for themselves.

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Influence v Performance: The neglected flip-side of PR professionalisation

“Don´t tell my mother that I´m working in the field of public relations, rather tell her, I´m playing the piano in a nightclub!”

It’s about understanding the logic of digitally constituted environments and communities and providing ideas, strategies and tools to deal with those opportunities and threats. Therefore, we urgently need to expand our knowledge and know-how of the communicative process.

This might also bring about the overdue change and repositioning of Public relations as a crucial management function within the organisation.

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Leaders do not need more time - they need more focus

With the onslaught of messaging via emails, social media, the press and the communities around us, it can be difficult for leaders to keep a clear mind, stay focused, communicate well and deliver the performance required of them. Much is written about mental health and the need for self-care. And while not reducing these needs to any form of insignificance, it is also true that often, simple steps can help avoid a downward spiral.

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Businesses and charities who fail to strategise – fail.

Let’s be clear. Strategy is not a ‘nice-to-have’. It is not a ‘will fit it in when I can’. It is the essence of good business. It meets leadership’s responsibility to deliver the best outcome, to show excellent financial management and outstanding human resourcing. Strategy lays the foundations for product development, change management and marketing campaigns.

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Communicating Christmas (3)

Today’s pick comes from an unlikely source - or is it that unlikely? Jeffrey Archer, well-known author has partnered with Cancer Research this year to produce some beautiful Christmas cards, not just in design, but in copy. He reflects on Christ’s life and His claim to be the Son of God. Archer does this in an engaging, contemporary way and the result is stunning. Lord Archer has donated all profits from the card to Cancer Research UK. He read ‘The Son of God’ text for the first time at their carol concert at St Mary’s Marylebone in London this Wednesday gone by.

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