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The Future of the Workplace: How new ways of working will transform IC priorities and channels.

There is definitely something in the air at the moment when the topic of the workplace arises. A whole lexicon is springing up around organisational priorities when it comes to offering employees "the workplace of the future", whatever that means. In an average meeting / brainstorm / casual chat in the staff kitchen on the topic, the word "flexible...
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What FutureNet means to me

​Get the lowdown on our network for IC newcomers. ​ FutureNet is the first and only network of its kind. It's dedicated to supporting new internal comms professionals as they find their feet in IC. Whether you're striving to be a future leader or want to perfect your craft, it ticks all the boxes.  Aimed at people just starting on their intern...
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From the outside in

I recently made the move from a social media agency to an internal communications one. From what I hear, this is a relatively unusual move. There are some (read: many) working in social that still don't know what internal comms is. And there are no doubt some in internal comms that don't feel I'm qualified to advise at a senior level without years ...
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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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