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13 July 2018 | 1:30 min read


It’s a fair bet no-one at the beach last summer thought we’d see the range of issues and crises we’ve seen in the first half of 2018. The year to date has been awash with political, sporting and corporate scandals.

High profile examples include:

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27 June 2018 | 2:20 min read


J’accuse.

In the dock: British business.

The crime: failure to resist Brexit.

Summary of the prosecution’s case.

Two years ago, the British people voted to leave the European Union. Two years on, many have changed their minds and Britain’s politicians have failed to come to grips with the issues that matter.

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22 June 2018 | 1:00 min read


In 10 years’ time, chances are, we’ll look back and wonder why the fuss over our New Zealand Prime Minister giving birth to a child, while holding office.

The world will have moved on by then and we’ll have embraced a new normal, where our pool of potential leaders is greatly expanded.

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22 June 2018 1:00 min read


The C suite’s guide to recovery from corporate misconduct has long followed a fairly predictable path:

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19 June 2018 1:00 min read

Warren Buffett, the sage of Omaha, once wisely said: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.”

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8 June 2018 1:00 min read


I’ve been involved in issues and crisis management for decades and have witnessed some significant crises where the poo has well and truly hit the fan. But the expression was taken to new heights this week when an executive of an ASX-listed company was bust defecating in a neighbour’s driveway.

30 May 2018 | 1:00 min read


Well, we have all been saying it. But, to see the power of social comment shift things fast, look at how quickly US actress Roseanne Barr plummeted from being a star to unemployed in just 12 hours. 

30 May 2018


Exitus acta probat *

The greening of New Zealand politics under MMP is a triumph of idealism – something unimaginable only a few months ago.

Cognito notes that it isn’t the Greens at the apex of the movement, but the Prime Minister and other senior ministers of the Labour Party.

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29 May 2018 | 2:30 min read


In February this year, we predicted five key communications trends and issues would shape the year ahead and we argued that many organisations would face a tipping point – they needed to act now or it would be too late.  We also said successful leaders needed to boldly embrace the need for this change, while staying true to their organisation’s core values.

18 May 2018 | 1:30 min read


I recently celebrated my first year anniversary at SenateSHJ.  

In that time, I’ve grown into my shoes as a Senator by learning how to wear a variety of footwear. Most important are my elegant critical thinking heels, my practical implementation gumboots, and my courageous out-of-the-box stilts.

Critical thinking heels