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My first IoIC board meeting

Firstly, thank you to all of the lovely IoIC members who voted for me to be elected as an IoIC Board Member for the next 3 years. I am very excited to be starting this journey. Last week was my first board meeting, with board members old (in board experience!) and new, and I came out of that 3.5 hour meeting feeling inspired, proud and excited abou...
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Fighting fire with fine planning

Working in internal comms can sometimes feel like firefighting. 44's Tom Abbott explores how we can use approaches and processes from crisis management to help put out the flames on these busy periods... "My job description? I spend my life with two fire extinguishers strapped to my back putting out fire after fire!" Does this sound like a familiar...
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I soon began to see that this Masters would be a worthwhile commitment

My ten years of experience in internal comms roles was sprinkled with knowledge I had gained by working with other IC experts, a conference or two, or the classic way I tend to learn – from mistakes. I was pretty good at what I did, doing it for one of the most famous names in the UK but, if I'm honest, I always felt like I was missing something – ...
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And at the end, you'll have a fantastic academic qualification that will set you apart

I've worked in internal communications for over 15 years, and was pretty confident that I had a level of knowledge and expertise that meant I was doing a good job. However, when an email landed in my inbox about studying for a Masters in Internal Communication, it sparked an interest immediately.  I've always been incredibly passionate about d...
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My first boardroom experience didn’t feature a killer robot!

Do you remember the scene in the original Robocop movie where the deliciously villainous Dick Jones (Ronny Cox) reveals his Ed 209 police robot and says "It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the future of law enforcement." My first experience as a fully-fledged member of the Institute of Internal Communications (IoIC) Board was not quite ...
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What difference does an IC qualification make?

I currently work for one professional body and volunteer for another, so you won't be surprised that I think professional standards and vocational qualifications are important things. Both organisations (the CIPD and the IoIC) are dependent upon lots of people agreeing with me in order to function. But I don't believe this because I am involved in ...
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Internal communication – tackling some perennial questions

A familiar question to start: in the future, will internal communication (IC): A) become more distinct as a profession? B) increasingly merge with other professions? C) cease to exist entirely? Taking one of those viewpoints and arguing it is a perennial source of conference speeches and blog posts in the IC world. And yes, I realise that is exactl...
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Q&A on IoIC mentoring scheme with Sharon Viccars and Saskia Jones

Saskia Jones , Communications Coach, has been acting as a mentor to Sharon Viccars, who is the global Internal Communication Executive at Domino Printing Sciences, a leading global supplier of coding solutions and printing technologies. Sharon, what have been the benefits of mentoring for you as a mentee? As a professional, approachable and imparti...
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All about bringing “Joy” back to our jobs

In the mad rush to stay technologically relevant and to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace, many organisations seem to have overlooked a very basic but critical organisational attribute: its company culture. Therefore it should come as no surprise when statistics point to the number of employees who have left or are thinking about leav...
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Trust in a Brexit world

"The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them" – words from Ernest Hemingway which ring truer than ever in 2019 Brexit-bound Britain. The trouble is, many of us in the UK are increasingly distrusting of people in power, with trust in our senior politicians falling to an all-time low. According to the 2019 Edelman Trust Barome...
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