New Zealand Rugby – a little too sweet?

By Richard Bicknell In New Zealand there is a famous Māori whakataukī (proverb): “Kāore te kūmara e kōrero mō tōna ake reka”  Translated it means “the kūmara (New Zealand’s indigenous sweet potato) does not brag about its own sweetness”, a dictum to humility and modesty. Its pervasiveness speaks volumes to the New Zealand psyche where humbleness and…

Sometimes we need to be offended

By Andrew Adie Chris Whitty being jostled in St James’ Park, the shocking images of the BBC’s Nick Watt being pursued into Downing Street by an anti-lockdown mob and the infamous storming of the US Capitol Building by Trump protestors are arguably different sides of the same coin. They showcase a world that can treat…

Chief Rabbi Sacks, a great communicator

By Sara Neidle On Saturday evening I was saddened to hear the passing of Chief Rabbi Sacks, at the age of 72 years. Although I did not personally know him, I had heard him speak on several occasion – at school, synagogue, and various events. He was an inspirational and great communicator. He was one…

Truth, post-truth and reality

By Bob Huxford, Partner My advice has always been that you put honesty and integrity at the forefront of communications. Whether you are looking to build brand or investor loyalty, building trust is paramount. Spin, obfuscation or downright lies might help you dodge a bullet in the short term but in the longer run there’s…

A lesson in rhetoric

By Ian Silvera The press conference is a very particular type of communications beast. It’s not a speech, in the sense that questions don’t always follow in that format, and it’s not a pre-recorded message, the sort of TV appearance a monarch or two would give around Christmas. The press conference, in contrast, offers serious…

Companies are changing – but their comms must keep up

By Ian Morris The Financial Times’ recently-launched campaign, ‘The New Agenda’, calls for a reset of the principles of capitalism, promoting stronger corporate purpose beyond just shareholder returns. It is not alone. In August, the chief executives of many leading US corporations signed up to a statement by the US Business Roundtable affirming their commitment…