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We are really excited to announce our keynote speaker Max McKeown at our conference, Putting your employees first, 7th November 2012.

Max challenges conventional thinking, and advocates innovation. He believes failure is part of learning, and reaction as much as planning helps to make organisations successful. As a guru on strategy, author and advisor to some of the most admired companies in the world his message is clear; strategy is only effective when it shapes events in the real world.

As organisations continue to adapt to survive, the old plans won’t help; simply hoping for the best won’t work. Max will tell us as internal communicators how we can help employees embrace complexity and uncertainty.

He’ll also talk about how leaders can inspire people, showing that effort is worthwhile and that things can be better. Overcoming apathy and boredom and restoring purpose to people’s lives is in our grasp. And learn how internal communications can help to free an organisation’s radicals to challenge assumptions.

This conference will open your eyes to a new age of internal communication.

Book your place here

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Make your next leadership conference one to remember. Book your place for our next Ask the Guru event on Tuesday 17th July and learn how to create integrated events that will WOW your people.

Hear from these experts about what they do to create truly brilliant events:

Steph Macleod

Steph MacLeod, Director, Kaizo has extensive experience across business-to-business and consumer PR. Steph specialises in developing creative integrated campaigns that deliver real business value and sales, as well as column inches and online buzz. Clients have ranged from Apple, Epson, HP and Samsung through to Flip Video, Getty Images, P&G and Tiger Beer. Before joining Kaizo, Steph held a number of board level positions at top multi-national PR agencies.

Her mixed portfolio has led to the development of a wide range of specialist skills spanning social media engagement, audience segmentation, event and sponsorship management and of course, good old fashioned media relations.

Simon Hughes, Managing Partner MCHA Ltd, has recently launched a business consultancy that works in the events sector. This follows 10 years as Director of Live Events at COI, where he worked on a number of high profile events for a diverse range of Government Departments and Agencies. These included events such as the G20 London Summit, the London NYE celebrations,

Simon Hughes

conferences and road shows around the U.K., as well as major public engagement sessions including all the historic Cabinet meetings held outside London. He is passionate about getting the end-to-end production process right for live events. He believes that bringing people together to share ideas, learning and experience remains one of the most powerful communication tools available today. He was voted the most influential person in the UK event industry in the 2009 Event Magazine Top 100 poll and received a career in the industry award from the IVCA in 2011. He is currently the Chair of Eventia, the trade association for the events industry.

owners to connect with their audiences in live and virtual environments. An experienced facilitator himself, Chris is a pioneer in developing and applying technological innovations that enhance communication around the meeting space.

Chris Elmitt is Managing Director of audience engagement specialist Crystal Interactive, a company that helps meeting owners to connect with their audiences in live and virtual environments.  An experienced facilitator himself, Chris is a pioneer in developing and applying technological innovations that enhance communication around the meeting space.

Chris Elmitt

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Ask the Guru was a great success on Tuesday 29th May. The attendees put the gurus through their paces and the outcome was a lively discussion and some great advice for everyone.  Here are a few of the highlights from the evening:

  • The benefit of a ‘social’ work place is that you can see the grapevine, feed it information and interact with it.
  • Social media is a real opportunity to build trust in the organisation, harness it and allow it to grow.
  • Social media is the evolution of internal communications, taking internal communications to the next level with real interaction and engagement. It’s not the death of internal communications.
  • We all need to understand the times we live and work in. Dishing out mars bars and token rewards doesn’t work in downtimes, you need to work with employees and fully engage them to work through the tough times together.
  • Create leaders not just managers – people who can innovate, inspire and engage with employees and communicate. Give managers the skills to be leaders and enhance their natural abilities.
  • Take leaders back to the floor with inverted mentoring to give them a better understanding the shop floor. Let them see for themselves what the challenges are and what opportunities for change there may be, and let employees see the leaders involved and listening.
  • Leaders are the latest hot topic and replace the intranet as a key subject. We need to harness leadership skills and help leaders develop, communicate and engage.

Anything we missed? Add your comments and feedback here.

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Between them, our three panellists have come across most of the dilemmas we all face in our careers and have nearly 40 years of experience between them.

So who are the brains behind the Ask the Guru panel?

They are:

Tom Crawford, over 18 years at the sharp end in HR, internal communications and engagement, with a passion for brands and their relationships with employees. He’s worked with Deloitte, Eon and Telefonica-O2. Now he’s the brains behind The Brain Miner, extracting your ideas and polishing them into shiny diamonds.

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tom-crawford/2/a6a/383

Dana Leeson, is the Intranet Project Manager for BSI (British Standards Institution) and currently implementing the new global intranet on SharePoint 2010. Her 10 years experience have included work with an NGO, and then working as Executive Assistant to the President and CEO of WWF. Alongside this role she became president of a small charity and managed a small team in her spare time. Now Dana has immersed herself in BSIs business, revamping the newsletter, briefings and managing the global upgrade of the intranet as well as a ‘little’ blogging on the side for Intranetizen.com

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dana-leeson/11/685/27b

Jenni Wheller is Internal Communications Manager at SSP UK, The Food Travel Experts and has worked through corporate communications and media relations for local government and BAE, and dipped her toe into agency life but has come back to her passion for internal communications. At SSP she has built the function from scratch, strategically aligning the communications to the direction of the business and meeting this fast-paced business’s needs. She has introduced a social intranet, a new internal magazine and is on the cusp of launching a new channel to manage crisis communications.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferwheller

So come and get the inside track on how to make things happen and take advantage of their experience. What’s more, it’s just £15 for members and we’ll give you drinks and nibbles to keep you energised.

Book your place here

http://asktheguru.eventbrite.co.uk/

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Here are some of the questions posted so far in advance of our Ask the Guru event on 29th May. How many do you identify with?

  1. How do you define where internal communications sits in relation to other departments? HR or Comms, or other?
  2. “Here’s a piece of copy – pop it on the intranet please….”  What? What do I do with a piece of writing that is full of typos, out of touch or worse off message – especially if it’s come from a senior manager?
  3. How do I get across the ‘heavy’ HR messages across in a way employees will listen and act upon them?
  4. I keep reminding people we need to be open to expect employees to be open with us and trust us. I feel like it’s an up-hill struggle at times. How can I manage this dilemma?
  5. How do I balance the expectations of the senior leadership with the expectations of the staff?
  6. We use surveys to measure results and opinions. What else can we use?
  7. How do I start to measure the ROI of internal communications?
  8. How do I juggle the strategy, the tactics, the expectations and execution of all that’s required of me and a very small team?
  9. How do I set clear boundaries for internal communications functions without upsetting stakeholders who have a history of ‘managing’ that communication channel? It’s very hard coming into an organisation balancing being efficient, helpful and professional while getting the results you know you can deliver.
  10. How do I find out what the company and managers ‘really’ need me to do, rather than what the ask me to do? The objectives rather than the tactics.

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If you accept that truism, it’s costing the UK a fortune. In 2010 PricewaterhouseCoopers, revealed that an average of 10.4% of staff resigned from their job, costing the UK £42bn a year. A further 24% would like to leave if they could.

Fortunately, Hollywood has the answer.

In its latest blockbuster, Horrible Bosses, staff don’t leave their bosses, they kill them. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con, the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers…permanently.

So partly for fun, and partly to inspire, tell us some short stories from your experience that highlight the best and worst about UK management. A killer punchline is not required.

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