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Sona Hathi and Iliyana Hadjistoyanova
In our last blog on Melcrum’s upcoming study we explored who the top 300 leaders are, why they’re so important and two key insights from leading Internal Communication teams on how to better understand and sustain alignment with this vital group. Here we highlight three key tensions IC must strive to balance in order to build communications capability among the top 300, for long-term,...
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Julie Verry
The top 300 leaders are a ‘keystone species’ of the organizational ecosystem, playing a crucial role in linking the central office to its myriad, dispersed units. They have an especially difficult job when aligning divisions to strategic change and the noise that impedes their success here is less about volume than it is about conflicting priorities, systems and workflows. In this blog we explore...
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Megan Sheerin
In this post in our blog series on the future of Smarter IC, we explore what it takes to become a powerful and influential internal communication leader in 2015 and beyond. How can you best support employees and executives? What skills and attributes do you need to cultivate? What’s changing and how? Engagement continues to be a priority and disengaged employees remain an issue for many...
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Sona Hathi
Is the issue of ‘noise’ less about volume, and more to do with complexity and context? Recent insights from Melcrum’s research team in our latest study indicate that information overload certainly has a smaller role – and the true IC challenge is how we tune into what’s really valuable. As Melcrum continues conversations with communication leaders to make sense of how noise affects our desire to...
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Megan Sheerin
As communications explode – particularly online – employees don’t need more information. What they crave is connection. In the third in this blog series on the future of Smarter IC, we explore what being a powerful connector looks like and how you can up your game. How will you approach it in 2015? Connection is a company’s life blood. This ability to convey isolated messages and ideas in a...
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Julie Verry
How do we communicate effectively in a noisy world? In our efforts to improve productivity and performance, noise has increased and is here to stay. So how do we stop fighting it – and start gleaning value from this information and communication to drive success? Melcrum’s research team is looking into this and best practices from those succeeding here, in our upcoming study. Oceanic scientists...
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Megan Sheerin
2014 is so last year. It’s time to look ahead to the challenges you may face in 2015 – and the possibilities they bring. We’re exploring top trends that will continue to affect the Internal Communication landscape – and offering resources to help you become more successful when it comes to making the most of them. In the second in this series on the future of smarter IC, we consider change. How...
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Christopher Swan
We’re almost there – the end of 2014 and the beginning of a shiny new year, with so many possibilities. This is the time when many of us start to think about and plan our future – our next steps for a great year. As the last 12 months draw to a close, we at Melcrum are doing the same thing. Or rather, reflecting on a great 2014 and looking ahead at our upcoming plans and the possibilities they...
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Michael Foster
In this final blog post from Michael Foster, a Communications Business Partner at KPMG, we look at how to ensure you’re approaching speeches and presentations in a way that makes them easy to create – and easy for your audience to understand. The secret? Start with your overarching story before building the content that supports it. It’s a scenario familiar to many internal communicators. The...
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Michael Foster
In this second blog post from Michael Foster, a Communications Business Partner at KPMG, we look at how to support leaders with engaging public presentations, while ensuring their credibility remains intact. Credibility. Like trust it is so difficult to build and so easy to destroy. Yet regardless of sector, as a leadership virtue it remains universally valued and is particularly relevant from an...
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