Promise

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

Charlotte G’s Malteser Cake

Box or large bag of maltesers 12 crushed digestive biscuits 4oz (125g) margarine 1 tbsp syrup 6oz (175g) chocolate Topping – 11oz (325g) chocolate Melt the margerine, syrup and chocolate Add malesers and digestives Press mixture into a tray/dish Allow to cool Topping – Melt the chocolate and cover the base Allow to set in … Continue reading

What’s a Physics?

Thanks to Daily Mash for providing this pastiche of our week in Ofqual Comms: CONCERNS have been raised over the standard of science teaching after it emerged thousands of GCSE pupils could not tell the difference between a microscope and a frog. Question Two: Which one is the frog and which one is the miocropscope? … Continue reading

Cabinet Office Employee Engagement Kit

Writing about http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/iam/engagement.asp 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

Apparatchik

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

An easy mistake…

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

Ex-Incommunicado

Spurred on by Karen’s lovely comment (thank you) I’m giving you an update…. Saying “things have been a bit busy lately” doesn’t really seem to cover it.  And it’s not even all that true.  I just haven’t felt like doing things, or talking to people in a cheerful manner, or addressing the ‘to do’ list in … Continue reading

Keep Out of It

My constant internal mantra at the moment at work.  I am likely to have an opinion on most things, in fact I still have aspirations for projects, channels and the University even though I am leaving.  But when you are serving notice your opinion becomes less equal than others (to borrow an idea from George … Continue reading

Baby’s First Heels

Work colleague Natalie W had a dream that she saw me on the high street pushing my daughter in a pram.  And she was called Vera.  And she had little high heels on. And, searching for a suitable image, it turns out that such things are available…  scarily.