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Gavin Megaw

Director at Hanover Communications, proud family man, keen endurance runner & cyclist. Views are my own.

Director at Hanover Communications, proud family man, keen endurance runner & cyclist. Views are my own.
Could Managing Expectations Be an Own Goal for

Could Managing Expectations Be an Own Goal for England?

Business can learn a lot from politics - and sport - in terms of managing public expectations. Companies are getting smarter at this game - down playing expectations in the business pages in advance of difficult results. But too often company leaders fail to control the narrative by overstating their ambition in the first place. Corporate Britain is littered with the bodies of business leaders who promised big and delivered small.
20/06/2014 13:13 BST
It's Good to Talk - Why You Should Own Your

It's Good to Talk - Why You Should Own Your Narrative

Talking often gets bad press. Some people do it way too much. However, most organisations and leaders don't do it enough, particularly when there is an issue in play. Whether you are a football referee, or Chief Executive of a care home from which a war hero has absconded, the rule is simple: When you have nothing to say, keep quiet. But when you do, make sure you say it or others will say something else that you may not like.
11/06/2014 12:39 BST
Not Every 'Scandal' Should Lead to

Not Every 'Scandal' Should Lead to Resignation

This is undoubtedly a headache to the Premier League, for club owners, and those who sit around the table once a fortnight. But they should think about what they are risking if they let Scudamore go. He has performed miracles at the Premier League, while continuing to support the rest of the game. To lose him from football would be a real scandal.
20/05/2014 11:40 BST
Changing Lives By Changing Food

Changing Lives By Changing Food Production

The All Black rugby player had been locked in his room for days, shutting out all contact with friends, family and fellow players. It was 4am when he finally picked up the phone to call a helpline. The reply at the other end was simple, "hello friend". It started a process that led to therapy that has been helping to change the life of Brent Pope for many years.
07/02/2014 14:35 GMT
Legacy of Horsemeat Scandal Hangs Over Food

Legacy of Horsemeat Scandal Hangs Over Food Industry

George Bernard Shaw once said, "Success does not consist in never making mistakes, but in never making the same one a second time." One year on from the horsemeat scandal and the food industry is in danger of doing exactly that.
15/01/2014 17:22 GMT
Take a Virtual Reality

Take a Virtual Reality Check

Today's news environment is different from that faced by the generation that wrote the original crisis comms rulebook; social media are becoming more dominant, driven by the increasing accessibility of cheap smartphones globally.
02/08/2013 13:06 BST
Mind the Reputation

Mind the Reputation Gap

Warren Buffett isn't often wrong. Yet he was when he said: 'It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.' Most reputations are severely damaged because an organisation has failed over many years to operationally live up to the high expectations set by their PR and marketing activity.
30/07/2013 11:01 BST
Beware of the 'Lance Armstrong Effect' on Your

Beware of the 'Lance Armstrong Effect' on Your Reputation

Reputation cannot be owned; it is the prevailing view of an organisation. Reputations are impacted by all publicly available data and coverage. An important component is the view, held by the public, opinion leaders and other stakeholders, of the industry an organisation is part of.
25/07/2013 16:33 BST
Growing Your Reputation the Alltech

Growing Your Reputation the Alltech Way

Alltech employ more than 3,000 people in 128 countries and are important players in the agri-food sector, helping farmers feed the world, raise healthy animals, and protect the environment through nutritional innovation.
06/06/2013 17:31 BST
Twitter Unites Runners Following Boston Marathon

Twitter Unites Runners Following Boston Marathon Bombings

It's no surprise for me to read reports this morning of many runners completing the marathon and continuing to run to the nearest hospital to donate blood. These are hardy men and women, devoted to accomplishing their goals.
16/04/2013 16:10 BST