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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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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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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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The new normal: Public affairs under Brexit and Trump

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2016 may have been the year of surprises and unexpected results but 2017 will be the year where the implications of those results start to come to fruition. Trump was inaugurated on 20 January and Brexit will be triggered by

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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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Politics: What every business leader should know

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With a continued lack of trust in politicians, unexpected turns and outcomes in 2016 and the pressure applied on some companies by the media, many business leaders prefer to steer clear of political engagement but that is the wrong approach,

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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 LEP challenge

The introduction of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) initially received a mixed reaction. They are now though an established part of local leadership but that does not mean the challenges are lessened. In fact, with a new government and Prime Minister

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The role of business in Brexit

Business is critical to the success of Brexit. Without their ideas and input, the Government may not focus as closely on the needs of the economy, or only on certain parts of the economy. Instead, business has to be robust

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