Author Archive for the comms dept

THE DEFINITION OF INSANITY

I’ve never felt the need to ask a doctor, architect, accountant or engineer to define what they do. I doubt they’ve invested much energy debating it among themselves.  Yet for as long as I’ve been in public relations, this industry…

LOCKING STABLE DOORS

The editor of the Press Gazette has argued today that the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson’s persistent reluctance to answer a direct question with a straight answer strengthens the case for better regulation of the public relations industry. The case for…

THE PRICE OF FREE

Goggle’s users are up in arms, universally agitated by the company’s new privacy policy and the way it’s being introduced and implemented.  “Don’t you think their communications on the issue have been dreadful,” a colleague asked using his Gmail account…

ARE YOU CLOSE ENOUGH?

The untimely death of Remi Ochlik, the award-winning French freelance photojournalist who died on duty in Syria last week, led me to re-read “In Our Time – the World as Seen by Magnum Photographers”. Robert Capa, the Hungarian photographer and…

WATCHING THE CLOCKS

Today is national ‘Work Your Proper Hours Day’ in the UK.  It has become an annual Trades Union Congress (TUC) initiative to highlight that five million workers in the UK collectively donate an estimated £29 billion in unpaid overtime to…

LOBBYING FOR CHANGE

For as long as the UK economy remains in its windowless, airless and damp basement with neither sight nor smell of those elusive ‘green shoots of recovery’, the reprisals and recriminations will keep coming.  People are angry and politicians in…

TEAM MATTERS

If you’re responsible for communications in any large organisation, the likelihood is you’re blessed with the management of a team of skilled and committed communications professionals. These are you’re trusted lieutenants, the A team you depend upon to get the job…

WHY ARE WE HERE?

Don’t panic – it’s a serious question but, no, I haven’t strayed into the metaphysical philosophy aisle. ‘Why are we here’ or ‘why does the comms dept exist’ is a challenge that every team needs to address from time to…

FIGHTING LOSING BATTLES

Sir Menzies Campbell, CBE, former leader of the Liberal Democrats and now a humble backbencher, was asked to comment on the quarrel raging in the media over the £963,000 share bonus for the CEO of the Royal Bank of Scotland. …

BAD RECESSION RECRUITMENT POLICIES

He hasn’t worked for over 12 months since being made redundant for the second time in three years. He was starting to lose faith, both in himself and his future.  I was there to buy the beers, to cheer him…