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The essential qualities of a communications director in times of crisis

In a crisis, and we are now a few weeks into the crisis of all crises, there are certain qualities that high calibre corporate communications/affairs leaders (and their teams) must demonstrate in order to help an organisation to deftly navigate its way through uncertain and challenging times.  Four of these are absolutely paramount and they are by no means commonplace…

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Crises expose communications capability shortcomings

It is often said that that it takes a crisis for a company, more specifically its executive team, to appreciate and recognise the value of a strong corporate communications function with senior management level leadership If that is truly the case, the communications function will be due a widespread re-calibration of its importance and value when this COVID-19 crisis comes to…

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Key Findings - FTSE 100 Survey

In a blog earlier in the week we referenced the release of the Watson Helsby 2019/20 FTSE 100 Group Corporate Communications/Affairs Director survey, now in its sixth year. Below are some of the headline findings: Average salaries and average headcount for the function has dropped across the FTSE100 since 2018 There is a gender pay gap – across the FTSE 100…

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