MUSINGS ON COMMUNICATIONS

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…

LEGAL, DECENT, HONEST AND TRUE??

A brace of US-based company bosses got high on the same fumes that inflated the dot.com bubble at the turn of the new millennium and mislaid their honesty compasses.  Bernie Ebbers at Worldcom, Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling at Enron,…

OUT OF THE SHADOWS

Now that the storm clouds have passed, it’s worth mulling over the issues that put Bell Pottinger, the PR and public affairs agency, where it really didn’t want to be: in the newspapers, rather than ensuring it’s clients were well…

AND THE WINNER IS …

Among the hoards of commuters making their weary way home of an evening in London, you are likely to spot small groups of men in dinner jackets going in what looks like the wrong direction. They’re most likely on their…

MORE HEAT THAN LIGHT

People with long-awaited hospital appointments tomorrow risk being disappointed.  Museum and library doors will remain firmly shut.  Bus and train engines in Northern Ireland, where public transport hasn’t yet been privatised, will stay cold while those that choose to drive…

INVESTIGATED JOURNALISM

For many years, conventional wisdom held than only a fool would pick a fight with someone who bought ink by the barrel. Like the underworld gangster with a reputation for violence, the threat of enthusiastic press attention was enough to…