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Disruption, not destruction as KPMG overboards “engagement”

BY Leonardo Barilari

Having lived ever-so-slightly more than a half century, I’ve had the opportunity to experience a number of “where were you when this happened” moments. Some were awful: the Challenger disaster, the death of Princess Diana. Others were happier, like the fall of the Berlin Wall and the time my English football club, Tottenham Hotspur, earned… Continue reading Disruption, not destruction as KPMG overboards “engagement”

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From “engagement” to performance: KPMG decision gives a historic break to business communicators

BY Leonardo Barilari

For the last ten-plus years, the God called “employee engagement” has reigned supreme over all of the so-called “people fields” and, for the most part, swept up internal communication in its wake. This week’s news that KPMG has not only abandoned its employee survey but repudiated the notion of “employee engagement” as having any causal… Continue reading From “engagement” to performance: KPMG decision gives a historic break to business communicators

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Unpacking the Pravda Principle, looking beyond “engagement”

BY Leonardo Barilari

Last week, I published my first internal communications blog post in quite a while, The Pravda Principle. It was a kind of shoot-from-the-hip exercise, based on an idea that had been rolling around my head for years—the paradox of why Pravda, long mocked and despised by Westerners as the epitome of propaganda and falsehood was,… Continue reading Unpacking the Pravda Principle, looking beyond “engagement”

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The Pravda Principle

BY Leonardo Barilari

The Pravda Principle: is clarifying and formalizing the “official truth” the true purpose of Internal Communication? Back in the old days in Russia, in many cities and neighborhoods, at metro stops and bus stops, there used to be glass cases housing copies of the current issue of Pravda. Pravda, which meant “truth” in Russian, was… Continue reading The Pravda Principle

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D-I-G-I-T-A-L: Can it spell out a stickier definition?

BY Leonardo Barilari

We live in an increasingly digital world.  Everyone is talking about digital, people are dreaming about digital, and organizations are moving toward digital futures. I am no digital expert, but I have been around it for a while. I led internal communication for the introduction for the introduction of Digital Cable in the UK in… Continue reading D-I-G-I-T-A-L: Can it spell out a stickier definition?

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15 in ’15: Turning Networking on its Head

BY Leonardo Barilari

In recent months, one of the biggest topics has been the “sharing” or “barter” economy, enabled by the latest range of apps, online exchanges and other digital tools. Among other thoughts this has prompted, I had a realization that these tools represent reservoirs of non-financial wealth, wealth that can be given and shared at least… Continue reading 15 in ’15: Turning Networking on its Head

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Why Lee Bryant Could Be the Top Thought Leader in the IC Space These Days

BY Leonardo Barilari

I think Lee Bryant could be the top thought leader in the internal communication space today.  Sure there are others with a claim to the title, but anyone with doubts should have a look at his recent interview with Simply Communicate. Here, he connects social, digital, networks, leadership and Internal Comms into an understandable system with… Continue reading Why Lee Bryant Could Be the Top Thought Leader in the IC Space These Days

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Tribes are Back

BY Leonardo Barilari

Tribes are back. A few years ago, when I was writing my book, From Lincoln to LinkedIn – The 55 Minute Guide to Social Communication – there was a lot of talk about “Tribes” in the marketplace. Both Seth Godin’s “Tribes” and Dave Logan’s “Tribal Leadership” focused on tribes from a first-person perspective—how to form… Continue reading Tribes are Back

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“Editing the Organization” – How Pro-Active Corporate Editing Makes an Organizational Difference

BY Leonardo Barilari

After a number of months of mentoring me on a role where I was driving communication for the launch of Digital Cable TV in the United Kingdom, Johnny Harben, an esteemed colleague of mine at the old London internal comms consultancy, Smythe Dorward Lambert, said “you aren’t just editing copy here. You are editing the… Continue reading “Editing the Organization” – How Pro-Active Corporate Editing Makes an Organizational Difference

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“A Small Group of Committed Citizens”

BY Leonardo Barilari

While many people see large corporations as monolithic, hierarchical, dictatorial and brutal, many of us who have worked in organizations have experienced another side. Anthropologist Margaret Mead once said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” In my experience, Mead’s… Continue reading “A Small Group of Committed Citizens”