Successful C-Suite executives excel at communicating priorities, says new McKinsey survey


A new McKinsey survey has found that executives who move effectively into the C-suite also excel at communicating priorities, including creating a shared vision. The global survey, called Ascending to the C-Suite, asked C-level respondents how they managed the business, culture, team Continue reading

Leadership communications – how to start a ‘movement’

How to start a movement

You’ve heard about leadership communications, but after watching a Ted Talk about ‘How to start a movement’ I’m now wondering if it should be changed to follower communications instead. Almost 70,000 people have watched a talk by Derek Sivers in Continue reading

How to use style when writing speeches for executives

Speaker with microphones

Executives generally don’t have the time to write their own speeches and if you are a communications professional then at some point you may be asked to write one. It’s not just about sparing your executive the effort however. As Continue reading

CIPR State of the Profession Report 2015: Out NOW!


What are the top trends and challenges facing Public Relations in 2015? Find out in the Chartered Institute of Public Relation’s State of the Profession Report 2015, published this morning. See my 60 second summary below for the Report’s key Continue reading

Reverse communications – why it pays to put tactics before strategy


I’ve been doing a lot of communications planning recently and it got me thinking about how the whole process works – or is supposed to work. Communications strategy is usually presented as a linear process. You start by conducting research, Continue reading

Speak from the heart – and not just on Valentine’s Day

The Graduate

Valentine’s Day is upon us once again and the best communications advice for lovers must be to speak from the heart. When we speak from the heart it’s as if we’re saying what we really mean or feel – a Continue reading