Author Archive for the comms dept

CHINA: FIRST OBSERVATIONS

It’s difficult to over-estimate the enduring impact that traumatic historical events can have on the psyche of nations. They leave deep lasting scars and memories. The ‘Great Hunger’, Ireland’s potato famine, led to the death of starvation of more than…

AN ADVENTURE IN CHINA

The pace of modern life affords limited time to stop and reflect on where we’re going.  Yet things continually change and develop around us.  This is no less true in corporate communications as it is anywhere else. With the growing…

LESS TALKTALK, MORE ACTION

Just because large, often slow-moving, targets are easiest to hit doesn’t necessarily make them fair targets. Dido Harding, chief executive of X-Factor sponsor TalkTalk, this week took aim at what she described as a ‘talented and lovely monopolist’.  She was…

REBUILDING HADRIAN’S WALL?

In just two years from now, the fine and upstanding citizens of Scotland aged 16 years and older will be invited to cast their votes. They’ll face a simple choice: to remain loyal subjects of the United Kingdom or rebuild…

CASH FOR CONFIDENCE

When economic historians come to write the book on the first great depression of the 21st century, squeamish bankers, politicians and credit ratings agency executives might want to skip the chapters dedicated to their contributions.  After four austere years, corporate…

THE FIRST CASUALTY

I’ve had remarkably few ‘altercations’ with journalists during my 20 year career in communications – the odd ‘agree to disagree’ discussion, but only one screaming match. A reporter from the Evening Standard asked whether my then employer’s pension was under-funded…

MANIFESTO FOR CHANGE

As the party conference season gets underway, party political-thinking turns to the prospect of retaining or winning power at the next general election. Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg kicked off in Brighton this week with an impersonation of someone with…

SPONTANEOUS INDUCTION

The new PR account, the largest signed since her fledgling agency was set up, was supposed to transform the business and bring it mainstream.  It would require new staff and, if the plans ran to plan, a lease on a…

SHAMING THE SHAMELESS

“Lack of transparency” is generally seen as a bad thing, but transparency has its downsides too.  Serial non-executive and life peer Baroness Kingsmill sees transparency as a key contributor to the rapid rise in remuneration of executive directors in public…

THE ONLY WAY IS ETHICS

According to the 2012 European Communications Monitor, 60 per cent of communications professionals have faced an ethical challenge at work during the last 12 months, the majority of them ‘several times’.  It’s a growing problem. Either the communications department has…