Category Archives: Internal Communication

The human touch

Notable economists have projected the loss of one third of all jobs to automation by mid-2020, a daunting concept. Here in Africa we are fully part of this global revolution. We’re a connected continent full of bright young people. In … Continue reading

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Your culture is your brand

A decade ago business culture was safe from public scrutiny. Unless you ran a service business with millions of customers, what went on in your own corridors stayed there.  Thousands of silent triumphs and defeats, assassinations and coups, benevolences and … Continue reading

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Workplaces often don’t work

Last week I read that the glamorous Apple head office (Apple Park in Cupertino, California) has an unusual Health & Safety issue. The futuristic circular space – designed to encourage openness and collaboration – is largely made of glass.  But … Continue reading

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Stop hiring on gut

Human Resource professionals should always be on the lookout for opportunities to add commercial value to their organisations. For far too long, CEO’s, unwilling to get to grips with the face-to-face reality of managing staff issues, have delegated far too … Continue reading

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Marketing islands

It’s rare find a Marketer criticising his profession, so I was intrigued when the Chief Marketing officer of HP had this to say last month: “Marketers risk forming a parallel universe and distancing themselves from the business.” Lucio was talking to … Continue reading

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Diversity can produce dividends.

Recently I was with a large group of staff discussing the positive aspects of their work culture. They were emphatic about one thing: ‘We are a very diverse group.’ Indeed, there were men and women, old and young, Asian and … Continue reading

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The human voice

There’s nothing quite like the human voice, is there? As our primary means of communication, nothing can engage us quite like it. It can enrapture or enrage; inspire or oppress. The composer Richard Strauss noted that the human voice is … Continue reading

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Social media for CEO’s

CEO’s are increasingly being drawn into social media conversations. Sometimes unwittingly, when their personal social media impacts their business reputation. More often deliberately, as part of personal brand building or corporate communication. Back in 2015 the CEO of US tech … Continue reading

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Bored Approval

How often do we hear the cry, ‘we couldn’t get it past the Board’?  Too often, I suspect. The intransigence of the Board of Directors is regularly blamed for the lack of innovation or progress in a company. Quite unfairly … Continue reading

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Inhuman relations

Human Relations professionals in East Africa are facing new challenges. It’s rarely enough these days for an HR Manager to be a good administrator. Maintaining personnel files, redrafting the HR Manual, and handling disciplinary procedures are simply hygiene factors. Recruitment … Continue reading

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