The Gatehouse Blog: Aug 2010

The dangerous affliction known as ITS

As you can probably tell from the date of my previous post, I’ve been rather busy of late. In the last six to eight weeks Gatehouse has won a pile of work and my blogging has undoubtedly paid the price. I know this is a cardinal sin for anyone who wants to retain an online […]

Free article to download – creating the right environment for cross selling in professional services

I've just had my latest feature article published in PM Magazine, an international publication for marketers and communicators operating in the professional services field.  You can download it by clicking here: Download PM Magazine, June 2010 – Lee Smith, Gatehouse In it I discuss the challenges of cross-selling services and provide some pointers on how […]

Return of the footie feel good factor

England expects. And so, it seems, do our employees… HR Magazine reports today on new research from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) showing that many businesses are panicking about the impact the World Cup will have on employee productivity. It is estimated that the big tournament could cost UK businesses up to £1bn in lost […]

Calling all financial services communicators – make sure your views count in new State of Sector research from Gatehouse and IoIC

If you’re an internal communicator operating in the financial services sector, you’ll be interested in a new piece of research we’re conducting in conjunction with the Institute of Internal Communication (IoIC). The first State of the Sector research project for 2010 will shine the light on the employee communication and engagement practices of companies operating […]

Calling all financial services communicators – your opportunity to participate in groundbreaking research with CiB

Those of you who are Communicators in Business (CiB) members may well know that our agency, Gatehouse, has recently teamed-up with the professional body to launch a programme of communication research called State of the Sector.  The partnership is covered in the latest issue of Communicators magazine:    Download State of Sector – CiB With CiB […]

Successful employee engagement: getting beyond the rhetoric

My old friends at CIPR Inside have organised a great forthcoming event which will shine the spotlight firmly on practical employee engagement. Taking place in central London on the morning of Thursday 15 April, it will feature speakers from M&S, O2, HSBC and Babcock Marine.  Hosted by committee member Sean Trainor, a man with a […]

Corporate events, rituals and culture

Here’s a great little blog post from one of my favourite management thinkers and authors Leandro Herrero – on why events are an important part of an organisation’s culture. Responding to a post by US marketing guru and writer Seth Godin in which he urges corporations to axe big ‘set piece’ events, Leandro explains why […]

The Engaging Manager – making the case for investment

Earlier this week I led a free Gatehouse Academy webinar exploring the notion of The Engaging Manager. Focused on the critical role of line managers in the communication/engagement mix, it was attended by in-house communicators for the UK, France, Germany, Denmark, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand (if you’re an in house practitioner and […]

Melcrum research reveals widespread adoption of social media behind the firewall

Preliminary findings from a new Melcrum global study on large organizations’ use of social media to engage employees, deliver strategy and drive business results reveals widespread adoption, a clear business case and visible return on investment for communicators. Internal communicators are increasingly turning to Web 2.0 tools, such as employee and executive blogs, online video, […]

Introducing BiteSize from Gatehouse Academy – condensed learning for communicators

Following on from my pre-Christmas post about planning your professional development for 2010, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce BiteSize, a newly launched learning and development programme which is aimed squarely at in-house communication teams, line managers and aspiring leaders. New from Gatehouse Academy, BiteSize is a unique modular programme comprising a growing […]