The Gatehouse Blog: Journal of Internal Communication

Empowering employees to take ownership of DS Smith’s values

Since a change in leadership in 2010, DS Smith has grown substantially, organically and through acquisitions. Though these were positive advancements for the business, it was becoming increasingly difficult to align growing numbers of colleagues across growing numbers of sites to a single DS Smith way of doing things. In this article, Group Head of […]

Influencing our image: stop telling, start showing

With the speed at which the IC profession is evolving, it’s unfortunately little surprise that pre-existing stereotypes attached to our profession are still clinging on. Leanne Taylor, IC Manager at AXA UK and the IoIC’s Best IC Manager 2016, explains how she introduced a value-adding influencer programme and, in doing so, cemented the truly strategic […]

Bringing employees along on a journey of market-led change

Fundamental changes to the core systems, ways of working, and direction of marketing are all evolving to reflect the changing needs of customers. In this article, Nina Embra of Creative Minds Consulting explains how she navigated this rocky terrain for one of her clients. For almost a decade, it has been my job to help […]

Stop starting from scratch when you write

All creative processes build upon something, so why should writing be any different? You can write faster and get people’s attention more easily if you use a ‘swipe file’ of ready-to-go stories, says Gatehouse’s Head of Content, Ian Harris. Everyone says that getting started is the hardest thing about writing. But what if you could […]

Redefining internal communication in Latin America

The release of the ninth edition of Gatehouse’s State of the Sector report brought about a number of insights into internal communication. But for Sofia Cordoba the progress made in Europe and North America led to questions around the state of the sector in Latin America – and the opportunities for the IC profession. As […]

How YBSG transformed its IC function

The internal communication profession is a relatively young one that has evolved substantially over the years. In this article, Drew Stephenson of Yorkshire Building Society Group ponders these changes and explains just how this translates into his team’s and his day-to-day responsibilities. The evolution of internal communication First, we were hunters; then we became farmers. […]

What Bananarama can teach us about being a trusted advisor

In this article, Gatehouse co-founder Lee Smith explores the much discussed but little understood concept of the trusted advisor, and how the IC masterclass Accelerate, run in conjunction with the Institute of Internal Communication, provides a simple framework for achieving your goals. Over the past decade, the concept of the ‘trusted advisor’ has gained currency […]

Six questions to… Deborah Brambill

Deborah Brambill’s career spans nearly 30 years, the last three of which she has spent moving from one organisation to the next, supporting them on strategic change communication projects as an interim. In this article, she tells us what she’s learnt and how she’s able to hit the ground running in every one of her […]

Digging deep to reach UK Coal’s ‘gentlemen’ miners

Nikki Griffiths works for UK Coal, communicating to an audience of second and third generation miners at some of the UK’s largest coal mines. One challenge: some of her audience can’t read. UK Coal is a fairly traditional company. Until recently, anything that was not directly affecting the production of coal was seen as unnecessary! […]

Delivering unrivalled customer experience at Northumbrian Water

Jane Clayton, Head of Employee Communications at Northumbrian Water Group, led a year-long campaign designed to directly influence the customer experience. Northumbrian Water Group is made up of two separate water companies: Northumbrian Water, based in the north east of England, and Essex and Suffolk water, which operates in the south. Overall, we have 3,200 […]