InTransition 113 – Vijay Chadda – the struggle and reward of communicating in India

The Satya Bharti School Programme provides free, quality education to more than 42,000 children from marginalised communities in rural India. It’s just one of the remits overseen by Bharti Foundation CEO Vijay Chadda. With a career spanning some 45 years and taking in military service, public-private partnerships and corporate social responsibility, Mr Chadda shares with us thoughts on leadership, integrity and giving back, not to mention the complex beast that is effective government communications in a country as diverse as India.

Employees want ham, not spam

When email is the appropriate form of internal communication, I implore you – please click with care, or a virtual barrage of send-to-all diatribes may simply spam your audience. Organisations all too often fall into the trap of over-communicating important messages via email in an attempt to be seen as acting in a trusted and transparent way. But employees don’t want spam, they want ham.

InTransition #112 – Liz Jakubowski pt. 2 – students, skills and the future workforce

In the second and final installment of our chat with Liz Jakubowski, digital maestro and director of Ribit in Data61 at CSIRO, we discuss the foundations of and history behind Ribit. A free online matchmaking platform that connects digital and STEM students with SMEs looking to grow and compete, Ribit is helping to address skills shortages and students’ employment concerns.

Why the government should think twice before axing comms jobs

contentgroup’s largest stakeholder, the public service, will feel the strain over the next 12 months as savings are expected to be made through job cuts. Measures such as these understandably incite passionate debate. Who should go? Who should stay? The ones I’m concerned about are those who often wind up on the chopping block first – government communicators.

Tell us what you REALLY think (and win)

Take a few minutes to fill out this year’s contentgroup audience survey and you can go in the draw to win a shiny new Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus+ 10″ tablet. As usual, we’re all about honesty, so tell us exactly what you love, give us details about what you don’t, and tell us how you think we could get better.

InTransition 111 – Liz Jakubowski – leadership in the digital age

In the first of a two-part series, digital maestro and director of CSIRO’s Data61 team Liz Jakubowski and our CEO David Pembroke discuss how to be an effective and innovative leader in the digital age. From affecting change by influencing the right people at the right ​time to empowering diverse teams so that they believe in themselves and their message, the conversation is a refreshing one.

Forge positive business relationships to achieve your goals

One of our mantras here at contentgroup is ‘go beyond’. As a company, we seek to go beyond in everything we do, particularly when it comes to building positive business relationships. I recently discovered the usefulness of this in my own work after attending Canberra Innovation Network’s First Wednesday Connect, where business people, innovators and entrepreneurs showcase their creative business ideas. I made a new business connection there, and it’s turned out to be of value in my work already.

InTransition 110 – Elliott Franks – On connecting with niche communities through social media

Queensland government social media manager Elliott Franks spills the beans on the inner workings of state government social media strategy. From the significant number of social media channels he and his small team run to how they use multiple platforms to appeal to small and passionate communities, the online expert offers up many interesting insights applicable across all levels of government and the public sector.

Your ‘WHY’ is your bullseye

All too often I come across organisations that focus all their efforts on what they want to say and how they will say it. They frequently overlook the fundamental basis for all communication activities – the purpose, the rationale, the WHY. The why is your bullseye.

InTransition 109 – John Allsopp – Keeping up with the future Web

In this week’s podcast John Allsopp discusses the future of online communications, and what public sector communicators can do to keep up.

Why I don’t like Twitter (and why you don’t have to either)

Facebook and Twitter, or facebookandtwitter (said with one breath) are synonymous with social media; they’re the real MVP’s, the go-to guys. They’re complementary, different, yet equally influential powerhouses that have rightfully dominated the social media landscape since the dawn of time. But here’s the thing: I just don’t like Twitter. I don’t like it for myself, but I like it even less for clients who are seeking to use social media to achieve their business objectives. Here’s why…

InTransition 108 – Shannah Hayley – civic pride and local government

How can you turn a disparaging comment on “Real Housewives” into a marketing tool for your city? Shannah Hayley explains how “it’s a little Plano in here” became a meme of civic pride.

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