Tag Archive for corporate communications

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

As the late Margaret Thatcher (almost) said: “Being powerful is like being a thought leader. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”  I’ve lost track since leaving PR consultancy over 15 years ago how many times PR…

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…

THE ART OF SELF DECEPTION

If you aim for nothing, the chances are that that’s what you’ll hit. I’ve just read the latest ‘Business Panel Research’ report from Richmond Events, the company that organises directors forums that bring ‘sellers’ and ‘buyers’ together to do business…

PAY AS YOU ‘EARN’ MEDIA

A judge in the US is presiding over a patent hearing, where database giant Oracle is claiming $1 billion from search giant Google for alleged infringement of its intellectual property in software programming language, Java. The judge has demanded that…

A CONTROVERSIAL TALE

“When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.”  – William Hazlitt Have you been to an industry conference recently where the panellists had a good old ding dong, where one…

MYTHS & LEGENDS

When operating at the tippity top of it’s game, the comms department can find itself in the business of sustaining corporate myths and legends.  Corporate myths are stories fortified through regular re-telling. They usually represent the human face of the…

PRESSING HOME THE MESSAGE

Life for the employee communications team would be much more agreeable if only employees could be insulated from communications not sanctioned by the CEO.  But because life isn’t always fair, employees will occasionally read newspapers, listen to the radio or…

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

A headhunter blogging on the topic asked recently what I thought the main differences are between working in journalism and working in communications.  Part of my response was that working in journalism means you focus on the questions whilst, in…

LOP-SIDED CONVERGENCE

The convergence of Technology, Media and Telecommunications is changing how we do stuff.  That, in part, is why Facebook was valued north of $100 billion this week.  The new shorthand for these converging industries is ‘TMT’. PR and marketing agencies…

VANITY UNFAIR

 When you’re working in the comms dept and a senior executive you don’t know terribly well walks unexpected into your office, sits down and starts by asking how the family is, there’s a strong likelihood the conversation will turn to…