An alternative comms reading list: 8 books to change your thinking

16104487418_d70c626f6d_zDoes anyone else keep getting that “the average CEO reads 60 books a year” advert popping up on their timeline?

Now I like a good read but the thought of getting through 60 business books in 2019 makes my blood run cold. In between doing the day job, getting the kids to school and finishing the ironing it’s impossible for most normal humans.

But reading helps offer up some of the best ideas and access to unique, new thinking on the subjects that we’re all grappling with every day at work. Continue reading

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Change and collaboration

“Competition is really tough, but if anything collaboration is even tougher”

Now there is a quote that made me snap to attention. It felt like the start of a really interesting story and at the same time something that struck to the heart of a universal truth.

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NHS lessons on internal comms

It’s clear that the current workforce challenges facing the NHS are prompting deeper and more urgent thinking by comms teams, if the number of sessions devoted to internal comms in the past six months is anything to go by.

A focus on internal communications has been a feature of almost every seminar or presentation that I’ve been to in the last six months as organisations seek to tighten their relationships with employees. Continue reading

Can I have a comms strategy with that? Lessons from a business classic

pexels-photo-358562Whether you’re fighting a war, trying to lose weight, running a health campaign, trying to win the Premier League or – dare I say it -planning your communications you’ve got to have a strategy.

In fact strategy has become such a ubiquitous and at times widely misused word that it’s little wonder many of us feel that cold shiver of dread when asked “what’s the communications strategy for this?”

Communications strategy is widely debated online and is invariably one of the most front facing and high profile issues for most public sector organisations so that alone makes it important. Continue reading

6 comms lessons from 2018

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Well, it’s almost time to hang another year on the line as we hurtle towards 2019 with all the foreboding of a 1970s-era outlaw country music playlist.

This is always a time for reflection and introspection and the last 12 months give us plenty to think about, whether you believe we’re heading for the apocalypse or just starting out on the glorious ascension to the sunny uplands.

Either way 2018 has offered up plenty of lessons and looking back over the most popular posts on this blog some key themes do emerge. Continue reading

How to restart your life and get FU money by David Sawyer: review

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In the 2013 Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis the eponymous central character stumbles through a difficult week, wondering where his life is going and why he can’t make a success of his music career despite talent and self-belief.

The struggling folk singer can’t do right for doing wrong and it’s hard to point to any single reason why. There’s a grudging melancholy at the heart of the film with the anti-hero battling the odds but always knowing that he won’t overcome them and never really understanding why.

I was reminded of Llewyn Davis reading the first few chapters of this excellent book aimed at midlife careerists looking to find fulfilment. Continue reading