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Transparency in thought leadership

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Too often thought leadership initiatives are dismissed as advocating for vested interests. Public affairs needs to help organisations overcome those preconceptions and the easiest way to do this is to encourage greater transparency. Very often claims of vested interests are

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Where does thought leadership come from?

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Thought leadership can play a valuable role in public affairs both in positioning people and organisations. But where does good thought leadership come from and how can you stand out? Thought leadership has a range of definitions and much has

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Public affairs at the heart of your communications hub

Rather than being seen as ‘special’ or ‘different’ from other parts of communications, organisations can get the most from public affairs when it sits at the heart of their communications hub. As public affairs is, at its core, concerned with

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The reality of the political spotlight

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The leaders of some organisations wrongly believe that they can swim under the radar of politicians. They are being naïve especially when they complain about political attention. All organisations, and the individuals who lead them, can find themselves subject to political

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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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Historical symmetry – from the Berlin Wall to President Trump

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What role does PR play in the political rhetoric that has convinced the voting majority to elect a President unproven in public office? November 9 is a historic day. In 1989, one of the most symbolic political events of the

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Politicians will intervene – just learn to know when

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Politicians have a habit of making negative comments about organisations or making policy changes that impact on them. These interventions inflict reputational and operational damage. But if you understand what causes politicians to intervene then you can avoid both of

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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 new political reality: strong government and intervention

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There is no getting away from the unexpected political changes that have taken place and threaten to continue apace. Looking at the UK, US and across Europe, it appears that uncertainty prevails. But what is clear is that strong and

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