Reputation and Political Engagement: The Fundamental Link

Organisations with poor reputations are damaging their political engagement. Unless efforts are made to build, maintain and protect reputations then you are also risking political intervention. Politicians do not want to suffer from guilt by association. What makes political stakeholders different from any other stakeholder is their need to stand for election and win. So, …

Party conference lessons? It’s all about the engagement

The party conferences are not everyone’s idea of fun but approached properly they can offer great opportunities for engagement. This year’s conferences have obviously been slightly interrupted by a Supreme Court decision that could make the Conservative conference more or less null and void but gave the Labour conference the boost it was otherwise lacking. …

The Road to Building Political Trust

Relationships of trust with politicians, as with other stakeholders, take time to build and develop. Many are worried about doing or saying the wrong thing with a politician and especially about being too political. But take some straightforward steps and the trust will build. I was recently lucky enough to be asked by Signal AI to deliver …

Don’t Lose Sight Of The Big Picture

It can be very easy to get bogged down in day-to-day activity but we all need to take the time to raise our eyes and look at the longer term. It can prove useful. It is a commonly held belief that politicians have difficulty taking longer term decisions.  Anything that may deliver results outside of …

In Defence of Public Affairs

Far from being used as an excuse to help explain Boris Johnson’s retort of ‘f**k business’, public affairs is a valuable organisational tool especially at a time where reputation is everything. Writing in The Times, ‘Cavalier Johnson must curb his wild side’, Daniel Finkelstein, suggested that Johnson’s comment: “is really not about business. It’s not …

Public Affairs On A Shoestring

Not everyone has a huge budget to put at the disposal of their public affairs campaign. So what should those with more limited resources do? I thank Jon Gerlis at the CIPR for getting me to think about this issue. We had a chat in preparation for a talk that he is to do shortly. …