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. …

Political Decisions for CEOs

Some of the trickiest decisions that CEOs face revolve around politics and political engagement.  This is especially the case because of the impact on reputation this can have.  But what are some of the main decisions that they face and how should they consider them? Politics often features highly on the agenda of CEOs.  Some …

How To Challenge Your Political Bias

A key skill in public affairs is being able to understand and work with audiences from a range of political perspectives. But if you approach the problem with fixed political ideas then it could all go very wrong. So we all need to take steps to challenge our political bias. It is, of course, perfectly …

The Brexit Outcome? Europe will be more important than ever

Despite the ongoing saga that is Brexit, there will be one clear outcome.  UK businesses will need to do more to engage with Europe, its institutions and its Member States. But how? The release of the House of Lords European Union Committee report, ‘Beyond Brexit: How to Win Friends and Influence People’ provides some really …

Think Carefully About Thought Leadership

Thought leadership can offer many benefits in public affairs but there can be too much of a focus on the media.  We need to be aware of the potential pitfalls and take action. Thought leadership can set you apart from the competition, and we have to be aware that we are all competing for space …