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Lhyk shoeteng ghoti in ah baruhl

April 25th, 2017 by Oliver Newton | No Responses

You are probably thinking my spell checker is broken from the title, but you’d be wrong (I know this as it is showing angry red lines under the words above as I type this). What I have written makes sense when you speak it out loud, even though it doesn’t on paper. It is the phrase –

“Like shooting fish in a barrel”

Ghoti is a creative respelling of the word fish, using some of the strange irregularities in the English language.

·         gh, pronounced [f] as in enough [ɪˈnʌf] or tough [tʌf];

·         o, pronounced [ɪ] as in women [ˈwɪmɪn]; and

·         ti, pronounced [ʃ] as in nation [ˈneɪ̯ʃən] or motion [ˈməʊʃən].
The other two words I took from how they are pronounced phonetically. Technically correct, but you have to think a bit harder to work out what the message is. You have to read the above paragraphs to find out the meaning, when it should be clear within one sentence.

This can be an issue in communication within a company. Sometimes different departments use specialised terms or abbreviations that others outside may not … read more »

“Send Three And Fourpence, We’re Going To A Dance”

March 20th, 2017 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Strangely enough, it’s rather fitting that I should start this blog by explaining the title.

Some years ago, military orders and messages were relayed down the line via a series of radio transmissions. The radio operator had to listen carefully to the command and repeat the message onto the next operator in a series.

If you have ever played ‘Chinese whispers’, you may very well know the outcome of the process.

So, “Send reinforcements, we’re going to advance” famously degenerated to the title of this blog.

Now it may seem amusing and intriguing how passed down messages end up as garbled miscommunication, but actually, communicating accurately is paramount in any organisation. Avoiding the pitfalls of poor communications practice is not easy. Afterall, we give and receive messages day in and day out without giving it much thought. Therefore, because it comes naturally to us, we very often omit to think about the process of communication.

Communication is all about conceiving, sending, receiving, interpreting messages and … read more »

Set Out Your Business Resolutions

January 7th, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

At this time of year, people reflect on the year gone by and look to make New Year’s resolutions for the coming year.

And there’s no reason why businesses can’t make resolutions too, after all they are every bit as important.

However, as most us know, it’s all too easy to fall off the resolution wagon. In order to stick to a resolution it must be realistic, achievable and sustainable.

What we quite often forget, is that New Year’s day, is just a day like any other, so, resolutions can be made at any time.

Today, we’d like to offer up some ideas to help organisations set and stick to their resolutions.

  • Lessons learnt
  • Take a look back over the previous year and highlight where things went wrong, then draw up a plan to ensure these problems and issues are eliminated, never to be repeated.

  • Focus on good clients
  • Whilst it may look impressive to have a long list of big, well known clients on your website, are … read more »

    Have You Got A Scary Boss?

    October 22nd, 2015 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

    With Halloween just a matter of days away, I started to think about all things scary. When I was young, I was scared of all sorts of things, my dad, the school bully, monsters under the bed, ghosts in the wardrobe, you name it, but not so much these days.

    Now I’m not saying that my boss is scary, though he does tend to make me jump sometimes, he is in fact completely the opposite – very democratic, visionary and able to let us all get on with what we need to do without too much interference.

    However, I have had experience of bosses that have really terrified me.

    Managers definitely have a way of being intimidating, and there’s a very good reason for that. It’s because they can.

    You might think that being frightened of your boss would make employees work harder to impress, but actually, nothing could be farther from the truth.

    For organisations, scary, bad bosses can create all sorts of problems, … read more »

    The Survey Initiative delivers multi-lingual internal communications survey

    July 8th, 2013 by Gary Cattermole | 1 Response

    Schaeffler Case Study

    We are pleased to announce that a new case study has been made available via our website.

    The case study details our recent work with Schaeffler to deliver a multi-lingual internal communications survey to over 12,000 employees across the Asia Pacific region.  One of the main focuses of the research project, for us, was to ensure that the survey was translated correctly and the meaning of the questions wasn’t ‘lost in translation’.  In addition, Schaeffler wanted the survey to provide actionable outputs – they wanted to ensure that positive change could be implemented as a direct result of feedback from the survey.  The practical changes included:

    • Top management at ‘Town Hall’ style meetings for shop floor employees
    • Plant Manager mailbox for shop floor employees
    • Move to more people oriented stories in publications

    You can access the case study here: http://www.surveyinitiative.co.uk/case-studies/schaeffler/

    To find out more about how The Survey Initiative can assist with helping your … read more »

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