8 great tips for conversation and listening

browningyork Browning York News, Communication lessons, Leadership communication, Organisational culture, Public sector, University, Voluntary sector

Last week I enjoyed having conversation with a room full of my fellow internal communications professionals at the Public Sector Internal Communications Conference. I came away inspired with ideas and tips to use with my clients. I liked this quote from Mandy Dryden, Head of Internal Communications at the Department of Health and Social Care, because it sums up the …

Retro post: how to understand culture through tea

browningyork Communication lessons, General communication, Organisational culture, Retro post

Since I work with a lot of different organisations, I get to work with many teams and in a variety of environments – the best way to understand their culture is to suss out the tea and coffee making facilities. Back in 2014 I wrote a blog about the things I’d learnt from the humble workplace cuppa…. I’ve just started …

Retro post: change communication

browningyork Change, General communication, Organisational culture, Retro post

I had a conversation with a client this week about how the large system project she is about to start will require considerable change communication – simply having a new system in place will not solve any of the problems the organisation is experiencing if no-one changes their behaviours. This discussion reminded me of this blog piece I wrote a …

4 steps to reducing silo-working

browningyork Charity, Communication lessons, General communication, Organisational culture, University, Voluntary sector

Duplication. Inefficiency. Higher costs. Missed opportunities – for the organisation and for individuals. Bad feeling. Internal politics. Reputation issues. Loss of funding. If any of these problems sound familiar, your organisation may be suffering from silo-working patterns. There are a number of factors that can lead to this situation – such as conflicting priorities or leadership style – but, as …

Good reads on employee engagement

browningyork Engagement, Leadership communication, Organisational culture, Resource article

In a Wall Street Journal article about employee engagement that was published this summer, a senior leader from a retail organisation was quoted as saying: “We used to prioritize our stakeholders as shareholders first, customers second, and employees third. We now realize we had it backward. If we put employees first, they in turn take care of our customers, (who) …