4 steps to reducing silo-working

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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 …

3 point plan for selecting the best communication channels

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Like many an internal communications professional, I felt a shudder of recognition and sympathy when I heard about the #NHSmail blunder last week. I’m sure many of us couldn’t help thinking ‘there but for the grace of [insert your own preferred all powerful being] go I’! During my more than 16 years of working in IC, I have never quite …

It’s good to talk

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Last month I went on a day trip to London with my Dad. Now approaching his 70th birthday he wanted to revisit his old haunts from the late 60s when he lived and worked there. We had a great day with lots of reminiscing and memories. Inevitably after more than 40 years, some things had changed and some places weren’t …

Do you need a communication or do you need to communicate?

browningyork Communication audiences, Communication channels, Communication lessons, Engagement, General communication, Planning

“I need a communication!” If I had a pound for every time I’ve heard that phrase during my career, the Sarah Browning Charitable Foundation would be up and running as a generous benefactor to many great causes. It’s always an interesting place to start a conversation because it gives me the opportunity to ask questions and find out what my …

#GE2015 – too obvious a topic?

browningyork Communication audiences, Communication channels, Communication lessons, Planning

I thought long and hard about whether to jump on the General Election bandwagon for my latest blog piece, but I’m afraid I couldn’t resist. It is such a big topic in the country right now (and is looking to stay that way for a wee while longer) and there are such clear communication lessons to learn, that it had …