Planning, preparation prevents p**s poorer performance

Given how it turned out Theresa May’s recent cabinet reshuffle will largely be remembered for what went wrong, rather than what went right, and I am sure students of Westminster will study  May’s handling as an example of how not to do reshuffles for years to come.

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So, what are your New Years resolutions?

I will stay away from the usual ones of eating & drinking less along with exercising more. No, I will focus more on my area of expertise - digital communications.

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Making the most of the holidays

Hopefully, all of you have had an enjoyable Xmas and are getting ready for 2018. From my expanded waistline I know that I have definitely enjoyed Xmas a bit too much. 

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Who do you trust most?

Who do you trust most? Your doctor? Your significant other? Your parents? Probably. Your bank? Big business? Government? Well, if the last ‘Trust Barometer’ from Edelman is to be believed probably not, as it revealed that in the UK there is now less than 50 percent trust in the mainstream institutions of business, Government, media and NGOs to do the right thing.

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Can't get to a TV studio to call people on to the streets to defeat a coup? There's an app for that

In 2009 Apple started to use the slogan ‘There’s an app for that’ to promote the iPhone - ‘There’s an app for that’. You can see one of the adverts below.

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On tanks and digital communications

When I can't find anything to read in the 99p section of the Kindle store, I find myself looking at my bookshelves to see what I can reread. However, every now and again I find a book which was acquired in a fit of over exuberance and which hasn't ever been read. This is what happened a few days ago when I picked up a book called 'Men, ideas and tanks'.

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Setting up on your own – the 5 steps you need to take

If you are a regular reader, you will know that back in August last year (2015) I took the decision to go it alone and setup shop by myself. Since then a number of friends have taken the plunge and gone freelance as well and I have found myself giving each of them the same advice about what they should do with their digital footprint.

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What were they thinking?

Last Sunday (1st May 2016) was 5 years since the CIA raid which killed Osama Bin Laden. A significant event I think we can all agree. How did the CIA choose to remember this? Yes, that's right they choose to relive this highly secret raid by ‘live tweeting' as if it was happening now.

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Are you missing out?

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A few weeks ago when I was working in a client's office I overheard someone ask a colleague ‘What is the difference between a Blackberry and a Raspberry?' My immediate reaction was to turn around and say that you can't really compare the Blackberry smart(ish) phone and the Raspberry PI credit card sized computer. It was only after I had turned around did I realise that they were talking about fruit. 

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My New Years Resolutions

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Ok, it's a bit of a cliché but I genuinely find time away from work and the usual daily routine (aka a holiday) a spur to thinking and planning. This usually results in ambitions plans and extensive to do lists. This year, I am trying a different approach - a set of new years resolutions.

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