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Uber’s Very Bad Horrible String of Events

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Uber is en route to a massive IPO. As the company gets closer to its destination, its once 5-star rating is rapidly diminishing. As a result, the company’s president, Jeff Jones, opened the Uber door and jumped out after only

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What makes good public affairs advice?

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Public affairs is often more art than science but good advice should be based on solid foundations. Some of these are political, others more about behaviours. But if they come together then you get the good advice. Public affairs is

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The 5 Ps of political engagement

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Effective political engagement and public affairs can be full of difficult and challenging decisions but if you remember these five Ps then you will not go far wrong. There are, of course, no shortcuts to good public advice but we

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Top 5 CEO public affairs mistakes

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Leaders do not often suffer from a lack of self-confidence. Important in some leadership settings, that same trait can often lead to political and public affairs mistakes. Even very recent history is littered with the mistakes made by leaders whether

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Why is political risk on the rise?

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2016 was full of political surprises, some more welcome than others. But more than merely being surprises, for many organisations the outcomes represented risk. Risk always needs to be managed to avoid devastating consequences. The role that public affairs plays

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‘Red, white and blue’: Just where is the government heading?

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For a Government apparently not playing by the usual rules of the media, the Prime Minister’s comment that what she is looking for is a ‘red, white and blue Brexit’ seemed to show that communications are actually important. But what

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The Think Tank Battle

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The news that George Osborne has launched a think tank, the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, came with a media and commentary fanfare that few others enjoy. The think tank ‘market’ is increasingly crowded but the appetite for public affairs firms and

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The CEO’s guide to public affairs

Public affairs is not just about politics or Parliament.  It should be seen as an integral part of decision-making in all organisations. But the challenge is to ensure that CEOs recognise this value and we all have a role to

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The five mistakes CEO’s make when dealing with politics

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Getting to the heady heights of being CEO does not instantly bring with it the ability to deal with government, politics or politicians. The trouble is, many like to think it does and that can lead to problems. Whilst organisations

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