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Category: Internal communications

Would your leader work for their own company?

A few weeks ago I attended a CBI round table on the economy. Inevitably these mostly large employers started talking about the nightmare their businesses/organisations are going to face without cheap EU labour. I have added the word ‘cheap’, but that

It’s time for communications professionals to be confident

What is the role of a communications professional?

Can your line managers communicate with staff?

Internal communications is growing up as a core business activity. Over the years I’ve done a lot of training on this topic and on the most recent course I noticed 90% of delegates had a dedicated internal comms title.  A few years ago that would have

Five ways businesses fail in communicating change

Jon Dean is a strategic change specialist and works with major organisations to help them implement new programmes, leadership development systems and major corporate transformations. In this guest blog for Northern Lights, he explores the corporate communication

What is good design? Yellow, green and white-out are not!

I have got two pet hates in design at the moment – white out (where the font is in white against a coloured background); and the colours of acid yellow and lime green. The colours themselves are favourites of mine – for clothes.  But in my view,

Could your boardroom ethics cost you £20bn?

For too long, the issue of ethics in the boardroom has been seen as rather fluffy or for the CSR department and not about core business. But in the last few weeks we have seen just what the cost can be. Martin Winterkorn, chief executive of the world’s

What makes a good blog?

I ran a training day for a group of consultants last week, as the first stage of building their profile. Their homework was to print out a blog they follow and then tell us all why they like it. It’s a great way to get people thinking about blogs and

How do you make internal communications strategic – and achieve business results?

Last month I delivered a course for the CIPR on strategic internal communications – it is clearly a hot topic at the moment: I was brought in at the last minute as the course was over-booked and even my back-up course was full on the day! There were

Managing social media at the office party

Office parties in the holiday season are an important part of rewarding and motivating staff, but in the social media age they can be fraught with potential pitfalls for damaging your brand and causing costly employment issues. With staff’s lives now

The Apple Watch arrives – but what are the implications of wearable technology for business?

Perhaps the biggest issue for wearable technology is how they will impact on businesses. Such devices raise a number of questions, ranging from should they even be allowed in the workplace to how will they transform the way we communicate and work together,

How to write an effective newsletter

I’ve spoken a lot about the need for effective communication in our blog – both internal communications and external communications – and in this latest instalment I’m looking at the value of company newsletters. Newsletters are often overlooked

Keeping business communications alive over the holiday season

It’s that time of year again when half the country ups sticks and abandons Blighty for two weeks of sunburn, sangria and the squirts. Holiday season is upon us once again and that can present major problems for businesses of all sizes as they work to