Entries categorized "Reputation"

In business, we have a wealth of information available to us on leadership. From Harvard to Oxford there are tomes filled with guidance designed to develop those in leadership positions. Yet here we are. Brexit vote complete and a whole country is now 'steered' by a coop of headless chickens.... Read more →

Public relations builds and sustains the relationships we need to keep our licence to operate - but what is a 'licence to operate' and why should your organisation care? This three minute video and three minute read gives you the reasons why your licence to operate should be at the forefront of your thinking - and why you need public relations to help you keep it. Read more →

Practitioners have an ethical duty to properly research, measure and evaluate their work. It is not a holy grail - more an every day cup at the back of the cupboard that few can be bothered to dig out and use. Making research, measurement and evaluation part of the daily routine will do much to demonstrate the value of public relations - particularly given we live and work in a relationship driven society - and address the question of professional identity. It really is time we measured up and demonstrated just how effective we are and I hope the video in this post helps that along. Read more →

Everywhere in the world you can hear the same cries - ‘business is broken’ or, more worryingly, ‘government is broken’. If we are to help assuage these cries, then PR needs to break too - break away from past misconceptions, determine its role for the future and equip practitioners with the skills and understanding they need in order to get things fixed. Here’s a graphic - and a video - illustrating what public relations is - and should be - in the years ahead. The fact of the matter is that our atomic power, our DNA, our solar system - call it what you will - is complex, chaotic and far beyond the tactical. Relationships form the nucleus of our activity. Read more →

With the number of women on boards at woefully low levels in many parts of the world, it is unsurprising that initiatives designed to increase representation are being introduced. Trouble is, these initiatives move at a glacial pace and the big loser isn’t women - it is business itself. The... Read more →

Google currently has under development what is possibly the biggest artificial intelligence lab in the world. IBM's Watson - which famously won the TV quiz show Jeopardy - now has five companions, each of which are deployed busily giving answers to things. Read more →

There's been much commentary on the Fonterra botulism scare and the subsequent reputational meltdown since the company broke the news of the contaminated whey just a fortnight ago. Heads have started to roll - first Gary Romano and now two other managers - and there will probably be other management... Read more →

Protests inevitable at Thatcher funeral

Following her death, many people have remarked that Margaret Thatcher genuinely loved the country that she served. Trouble was, she never really seemed to like the real flesh-and-blood people of Britain very much at all. And it will be those people, the ones who watched their lives and livelihoods crumble to dust under her reign, who will turn their backs on her funeral cortege as it rumbles through London beneath a silent Big Ben. Read more →