Speed or innovation?

I was considering today whether the speed of modern life is behind a lack of creativity. Does the fact that we are constantly rushing between things mean that we don’t ever spend time truly considering an issue and finding creative solutions? This is something that I think all communication professionals should consider. Most communication or […]

The importance of trust

I woke this morning to a news story about Age UK and while I don’t know enough about that issue to discuss it there were some significant things it highlighted. The crux of the matter was about a loss of trust and an impact on public confidence. These are issues that I have to face […]

Creativity and leadership

The subject of leadership was being much discussed during my day. I was interested to listen to a talk by Drew Povey who is the headteacher of Harrop Fold School, in Little Hulton. It was great to hear the views from another sector of work and to consider the similarities as well as differences. One […]

Robot speechwriters?

There was a fascinating story today about robots being able to write political speeches based on an algorithm developed by researchers at the University of Massachusetts that I happened across today. It was an interesting look at artificial intelligence and according to my mum put a question mark over the job I do. Given that statement […]

Stressful profession?

I couldn’t resist blogging about a survey that has been put together by job search site CareerCast ranking the most stressful professions. They looked at 200 professions against a range of criteria including deadlines, scrutiny, risk to life and interactions with the public. Out of it came a list of the 10 most stressful professions. […]

Know the standards

There was an interesting case that happened this week in Romania. It centred on the use of social media and online activity while at work. At the heart of it was whether a member of staff had their rights violated when the employer accessed the private messages that had been sent. Full details of the case […]

Five predictions for 2016

It is the day before everything gets back to normal. Tomorrow the children will be back in school, the decorations will probably be down, and people will return to work. This is also the time when I am considering what 2016 may mean for me in work and also for the communication professionals wherever they […]

Back to the floor – supporting the front line communication team

Many people are now enjoying a deserved rest as we rush headlong towards the festive season. It means for others they are having to fill the gaps at work and make sure that the business can still keep functioning over Christmas and New Year. For me it has meant some time supporting the work of […]

Back to School?

The results of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) State of the Profession Survey for 2013/2014 revealed some interesting results. Of course there was a lot about salaries and redundancies, as well as the issues of concern to both members and non-members. One element stood out for me and that was the result that […]