This post is about fulfilling a promise to someone with promise. LG joined our internal communications team six weeks ago as an intern.  I’ve been line managing and mentoring him. He has a communications degree, some outstanding short-term print and broadcast work experience, and a go get ’em attititude.  But he is also hungry – … Continue reading

Turning Over a New Leaf

Turning Over a New Leaf

Right, this is my declaration that I’m disinterring my blogging mojo.  It’s time to come back. There’s a lot in my head – which it would benefit me to articulate in words (it may not benefit you much though!). Future topics are likely to include: SharePoint Vs Intranet How to evaluate team briefing More on … Continue reading

Social Capital & Knowledge Exchange: Blogging Inside the Enterprise

You may think I’ve been unusually quiet recently, but I’ve been diverting my energies into other channels, including a guest spot at Simply Communicate a site that collates advice, toolkits and templates covering every aspect of internal communication inside organisations. Here is a taster: Internal blogging can give us: The ability to get to know … Continue reading

Twitter: is it too limited?

This is a bookmark to Mat Mannion’s post: Twitter is not fit for (my) purpose(s) following this twitter conversation (as best as I can recreate it): @mathewjm Having this sort of interaction 140 characters at a time is sub-optimal, for example!!! 5:50 AM Jan 20th from TweetDeck in reply to mathewjm @mathewjm Or is it … Continue reading

Cabinet Office Employee Engagement Kit

Writing about The Cabinet Office has put together an amazing pack on an approach on Employee Engagement (complete with survey).  The contents of this post, which is a draft of a paper that I am putting together for our Management Committee, is shamelessly stolen from the pack. I should also add here (adhering to … Continue reading


So, a week in to my new apparatchik position, what have I done: Spent the inevitable half of every day on the phone to desktop support trying to get all my new systems working Conspired with the Learning & Development bloke and the Web bloke to made changes Sent out an all-staff email round up … Continue reading

Thanks for Your Attention

With thanks to Gemma passing this on…. a genuine email from a Faculty email list. Dear Colleagues As some of you will be aware the XXXXX building has fairly narrow corridors and it is easy to collide with others. Please be careful when exiting offices, kitchens and toilets to avoid bumping into someone else. Many … Continue reading

The Grand Unveiling

Ta da!  The IC benefits are two-fold, firstly vastly improved information architecture (for which I can take no credit) and a news and events system which now allows you to manage news as opposed to publish in a linear, chronological fashion. We can now manage what appears on the homepage and in what order which … Continue reading

Department-led Discussion on Staff Survey Results

Very difficult to get right, especially if your managers over-rate their own communications skills…. How do you provide enough backing that heads of departments don’t feel as though they are putting themselves up for a kicking in opening this line of discussion at a local level? How do you get them to take some ownership … Continue reading

10% Discount on Demagogy

dem·a·gog·ic   Audio Help   /ˌdɛməˈgɒdʒɪk, -ˈgɒg-, -ˈgoʊdʒɪk/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[dem-uh–goj-ik, –gog-, –goh-jik] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation –adjective of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a demagogue. Also, dem·a·gog·i·cal. [Origin: 1825–35; < Gk démagōgikós, equiv. to démagōg(ós) (see demagogue) + -ikos -ic] —Related forms dem·a·gog·i·cal·ly, adverb der·ma·tol·o·gy   Audio Help   /ˌdɜrməˈtɒlədʒi/ Pronunciation Key – … Continue reading