‘I’ve got a leader who...’

Many of the conversations we have with leaders, HR and Communication business partners centre on providing tailored communication support to individual leaders. What’s fascinating is how it’s the same issues that consistently come to the surface. Here are our eight most common requests... 

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Emily Robb
Making Sense of Strategy

Effectively communicating strategy can be one of the more tricky challenges facing an organisation. Go into too much detail and audiences glaze over pretty quickly as death-by-PowerPoint is inflicted upon them. Or pitch it at too high a level and no-one is any the wiser about what it means for them. Which, by the way, is the question that the majority of audiences are most interested in hearing the answer to.

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Emily Robb
A postcard from Canada

I spent the other week at the IABC World Conference in Montreal. The scale of the thing is impressive, over 1,300 communications professionals from around the globe (although most unsurprisingly from North America) attending a 4-day action-packed programme with Seth Godin headlining.

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Emily Robb
Our Seasonal Spin

2017 will not pass into history books unnoticed. A cast list of technologies, tyrants and technocrats have conspired to make it a red-letter year, and surely one that future generations will study with some curiosity.

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Emily Robb
Business digitisation needs analogue communication

It’s funny how sometimes a word finds an idea, and once in the lingua franca, there’s no letting go. Up until a few months ago, I’m not sure ‘digitisation’ was a thing, but now it’s everywhere, and like a fantastic pop song, it now feels like it’s been around forever.

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Emily Robb
Making the most of your Frontline Leaders

A lot of our work is angled towards the C-suite and senior leaders, with a healthy dose of development for emerging talent thrown in for good measure. But I’ve been asked several times in the last few months about communication support for frontline leaders, and when that happens, it usually means there’s something going on that’s worth exploring.

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Emily Robb
Authenticity Alarm Bells

I have long been a passionate believer in the fact that authenticity matters. Perhaps now, more than ever before, because, in an age where the tweet is more toxic than the sword, concealing the tensions inherent in the complex balancing acts we play becomes less possible every day.

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Emily Robb
Challenge yourself - a tale of two talks

In the last month, I’ve had a couple of public-speaking outings, one as a panel member for the launch of the latest research from The Leadership Council on Global Talent in the UK, and the other a talk to the Association for Business Psychology. Of the two, I should have been more anxious about the panel discussion, largely because the rest of the panel and most of the audience can best be described as both ‘great’ and ‘good’.

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Emily Robb
You had me at hello!

Today marks World Hello Day, which recognises the importance of communication in all aspects of our lives. A surprising commemoration at first glance, however the history behind the celebration of this day dates back over 40 years.

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Sam Sethi
Creating a happy working environment

On World Mental Health Day, the world health organisation has informed us "If we don't act urgently, by 2030, Depression will be the leading Global illness." Following some research we conducted we discovered that whilst 93% of managers say they care about their employees, only 53% employees agree.

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Emily Robb
Financial Futures

A friend sent me a cartoon recently.....

I like the idea that developing the next generation of leaders falls as much to the current generation as it does the Learning and Development team. Without a culture where emerging leadership is truly valued and nurtured, it doesn’t matter how sophisticated the leadership development programme is, without the foundation of a strong leadership culture firmly in place, it’s not going to have the desired effect. 

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Emily Robb
Functions have their own deficit challenges

We have a particular client who has a penchant for getting in touch a few days before Christmas, requesting we design and deliver a programme by the end of January. We are of course always up for the challenge, but this brief was particularly interesting. How does the legal function in a major global business become more ingrained in the day-to-day business decision-making processes.  How do subject matter experts break through the confines of their specialism and contribute more effectively to strategic and commercial decisions.

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Emily Robb
Leadership in the digital age

It’s perhaps more telling to leave to one side the newly-founded mega-brands of the digital age and focus more on the bricks and mortar behemoths to see what is happening. In these businesses, we’ve seen digital come from the periphery into the heart of the operation, transforming everything from the customer experience to the supply chain.  Some have actively embraced the disruption, others have been reluctant adopters, but whatever the appetite I would challenge you to think of a leadership role that has been unaffected by the rise of digital.

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Emily Robb