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Cognito: 1 October 2015

Melius est praevenire quam praeveniri*

The timing of this week’s Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary announcement will come as no surprise to those familiar with the Government’s political management:

1.              Signal things well in advance and manage expectations down.

16 September 2015

Malcom Turnbull in becoming Australia’s 29th Prime Minister after defeating Tony Abbott 54 to 44 in a Liberal Party ballot, has also become Australia’s fourth Prime Minister since June 2013, a new record.

16 September 2015

Impromptu speaking is a common fear. We don’t want to be put on the spot, we don’t want to be caught out and we definitely don’t want to be embarrassed.

Great impromptu speakers aren’t born — they’re made. What most of us don’t realise is that all day, every day, we are presented with opportunities to practice and improve our impromptu speaking skills.


14 September 2015

Appearing in front of a camera or a journalist is not the most comfortable experience for most executives.  Even the most seasoned campaigners have confided in me that they still feel a frisson of anxiety every time they are interviewed - after all it’s your personal and company brand on the line. 


4 September 2015

A new survey released by UK consultancy Lansons called Britain at Work found that 40 per cent of British workers don’t feel their achievements at work are being recognised, one quarter do not feel valued at work, and one in five say they are dissatisfied with their current job.

26 August 2015

Silence is deafening – and when you fail to fill the void, your opponents will do it for you, writes government relations specialist Richard Bicknell.

"Why the TPP deal is important to New Zealand."

That was the subject line that many New Zealanders received last week from Minister of Trade, Tim Groser.  

25 August 2015

The recent Ashley Madison online breach has proven that Australia and New Zealand are not immune to the fall-out from international cyber-security threats.


24 August 2015

Chief Executives having a rough night’s sleep can rest assured – careful communications planning and reputation management could help ease the worries that keep them awake at night.

21 August 2015

“There was an Englishman, an Irishman, and a Scotsman...”

These are not the kind of words you’d expect to hear at a press conference – unless your name is Donald Trump or Jeremy Clarkson.

Unfortunately, the social media spotlight is shining brightly on New Zealand for this sort of occurrence.