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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.”


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.


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

11 May 2018

Non est ad astra mollis e terris via *

As 17 May approaches, Finance Minister Grant Robertson will have more on his mind than simply balancing the books.

He also has to balance the enormous expectations of core constituents like nurses and teachers with the concern of businesses worried about the future state of the economy.

9 May 2018 | 2:20 min read

The number of self-reported data breaches received by the Office of the Australian Commissioner (OAIC) for the entire 2016-17 financial year was 114.1 In the six week period following the 22nd of February there have already been 63.[1] Why the sharp spike?

09 May 2018 | 1 min read

SenateSHJ today announced the appointment of Managing Partner, Angela Scaffidi to PROI Worldwide’s Board and as Vice Chair for the Asia Pacific region.


25 April 2018 | 1:20 min read

There is one over-riding reason Facebook has managed to dominate the world’s communications. The apathy of traditional media who rolled over and accepted Facebook’s flimsy claim it’s a “platform”, not a publisher.

Why the world’s media didn’t gang up on the cuckoo in its nest is unfathomable, but it didn’t and so fake news, false representation, lies, tax dodging, abuse and bullying have become the order of the day.