Your Focus is Priceless
By: Chris Teague

What's it for: Valuing your prized asset.
Who's it for: Everyone looking to make an impact.

"Downtime is to the brain what sleep is to the body.
When you're fresh, focus. When you're spent, refresh."
Dr Michael Rich, Director for the Center on Media and Child Health.
The time you can focus for, not only differs from person to person...

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Categories: Culture
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #26
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

Happy Friday from sunny London! Here are three of the stories from across the world that activated our minds and informed our work this week, as we take to the big smoke for some inspiration...

This Team Wins. Everyone Wins.
Nike has released an inspirational ad celebrating the US team’s victory in the Women’s World Cup. Titled “Never Stop Winning,”...

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Categories: Inspiration
Great Teams Are About Personalities, Not Just Skills.
By: Chris Teague

What's it for: Impacting team performance & safeguarding the dynamics.
Who's it for: Anyone building a high-performance team.

“Collective character is vital to success”. James Kerr, Legacy.
We must all play two critical roles in a team; a functional role, based on our role/technical skills, and a psychological role.
Too often though, teams are built merely on the functional skills,...

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Categories: Culture
Deutsche Bank News
By: Chris Teague

Invest in the 80% or be sensitive of 20%?
18,000 Deutsche Bank employees to lose their jobs by 2022.
Deutsche Bank announced Sunday that it will pull out of global equities sales and trading, scale back investment banking and cut 18,000 jobs for a global headcount of around 74,000 employees by 2022.
In the immediate aftermath, we all feel for...

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ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #25
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

Here are three of the stories from across the world that activated our minds and informed our work this week.

SAFETY IN THE SAND
Last year, 25 people sadly lost their lives on the South West Coast. In an attempt to raise awareness of the dangers that lie at sea, The Royal National Lifeboat Institution called out to designers to...

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Categories: Snippets, Inspiration
A Powerful Leadership Question
By: Chris Teague

What's it for: Sharing another potent leadership question.
Who's it for: Anyone who leads others.

Earlier in the year, I shared what I believed to be 'The Most Powerful Leadership Question To Ask: “How can I help?” Previous blog post
This week I've come across another which is as equally simple and powerful;
I don't know; what do you think?...

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ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #24
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

This is our last post of June, so here are three of the stories from across the world that activated our minds and informed our work this week.

LOVE YOUR BALLS
We’ve been busy attending loads of degree shows over the past few weeks, to discover and celebrate the new talent coming into the industry. One of the stand out...

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Categories: Inspiration, Culture
CANNES LIONS WINNERS 2019
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

Cannes Lions 2019 came to an end last Friday, and the winners have all been announced. There has been some incredibly thought provoking creativity showcased, and we’re proud to say that many of the winners have featured across our 23 editions to date Activating Our Minds. Here is a link to the winners from this year, and be sure to...

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Categories: Inspiration
Hardwork is Talent
By: Chris Teague

What's it for: Recognising the all important talent
Who's it for: Anyone looking to progress in their careers

“Hard work will always beat talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”
Kevin Durant
I recently heard this powerful quote, and I couldn’t agree more when it comes to business and agency life. Natural talent, whether academic or physical, is all too often...

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ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #23
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

So on the longest day of the year, here are three of the stories from across the world that activated our minds and informed our work this week.

CREATABILITY - CANNES LIONS GRAND PRIX
We’ve been keeping a keen eye on the Cannes Lions festival and the amazing winners that have been announced this week. One of the stand-outs for...

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Categories: Inspiration, Snippets, Culture
Motion is easy. Results are hard.
By: Chris Teague

What's it for: Focusing on the right actions
Who's it for: Those in a hurry to make change and to progress

"Movement teases us with the illusion of progress.
Confusing movement with results often makes things worse, not better".
Farnam Street.
Preparations are necessary but not enough for achieving results. The actions we take are often just preparations for what...

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Categories: Culture
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #22
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

Here are three of the stories from across the world that activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Life-Saving Soap Opera
Peru has the lowest number of organ donors in Latin America, however, it has some of the highest audience levels for Soap Operas. When a character dies in a TV series, it gets mass media coverage and...

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Categories: Snippets, Inspiration, Culture
Manage Your Energy not time
By: Chris Teague

What's it for: Building physical, emotional and mental resilience.
Who's it for: Anyone focussed on making an impact

Time is a limited resource. But the good news is personal energy is renewable according to the recent HBR article by Schwartz and McCarthy.
Therefore we should manage our energy rather than time. We each have 4 vital energies; Physical, Emotional, Mental...

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ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #21
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

It’s been a very rainy start to June, so we would like to brighten up your day by sharing three of the stories from across the world that activated our minds and informed our work last week.

Soap with a lump
To combat the 75% of Indian women that shy away from detecting irregularities in their breasts, soapmaker Lux have...

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Categories: Inspiration, Snippets
THE POWER OF CONSTRAINTS
By: Chris Teague

What's it for: Embracing constraints to create change
Who's it for: Change makers

"I was served lemons, but I made lemonade."
Hattie White, "Freedom" by Beyonce.
Constraints are assumed to be negative, but in reality, they can provide the greatest stimulus for creativity and innovation. An imposed limitation or defining parameter can be the stimulus to find a better way...

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ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #20
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

This week marks the end of May, which means Summer is arriving tomorrow! With that in mind, here are three of the stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work in the last week of Spring.

Nike’s sustainability guide
Plastic pollution and global warming are top of the public’s agenda. Nike are attempting to...

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Categories: Inspiration, Snippets
Learning to See
By: Chris Teague

What's it for: Setting aside preconceptions
Who's it for: Teams who wish to be more perceptive and develop better solutions

“Pulling focus away from a particular problem and instead looking at the environment around it can lead to better solutions”.
As we all now know, our Left brain is verbal/analytical, and our Right brain is visual/conceptual. Most activities require both,...

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Categories: Inspiration, Culture
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #19
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

DAISIE - a safe space to collaborate.
As most of the world are wondering what to do now that Game of Thrones has aired its final ever episode, one of the cast members has set her sights on...

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Categories: Inspiration, Snippets
COMPARED TO WHAT?
By: Chris Teague

What’s it for: Talking value not price
Who’s it for: Service providers

“In comparison to what?” Is a very useful question when you hear the comment, “you’re expensive”. The response provides you with valuable insight and the platform to demonstrate the value/impact you will you bring.
If the comparison is simply to someone doing something for themselves then of course...

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Categories: Snippets
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #18
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

In case you didn’t know, it’s mental health awareness week! So we thought we’d dedicate the 18th Activating Our Minds post to all things mind, body and spirit…

You’re more than a reflection...
We can’t ignore the relationship we have with ourselves and sometimes, we can be our own worst critics. In a social experiment, BBC Three invited people to...

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Categories: Inspiration, Snippets
Valuing Time
By: Chris Teague

What’s it for: Putting a value on our most prized asset.
Who’s it for: The foolishly busy (me included)

“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”
Henry David Thoreau.
This is a quote I recently read and it really made me think; we don’t buy things with money, we buy them with hours from...

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Categories: Inspiration
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #17
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

House of Eternal Return
Meow Wolf is an art collective that challenges the norm and champions the power that creativity can have on changing the world. Their first permanent installation, House of Eternal Return, immerses guests in a...

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Categories: Inspiration
REWARDING IMPACT, NOT LABOUR.
By: Chris Teague

What’s it for: Creating impact.
Who’s it for: The excessively busy.

One of my favourite blogs this year was this simple one below from Seth Godin; ‘Busy is not the point’.
Building on my earlier post IT’S TIME TO STOP CELEBRATING CRAZY AT WORK this blog is a simple reminder that work is about making an impact and not putting...

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Categories: Inspiration
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #16
By: Jess Hutchinson

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Mundane Makeovers
Putting a spotlight on the often overlooked, New York artist Tom Bob uses the street as his canvas. With his ability to see things differently than most, Bob transforms the mundane into playful 3D murals that...

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Categories: Snippets, Inspiration
I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT
By: Chris Teague

What’s it for: Identifying passion to help steer our actions
Who’s it for: Those who wish to find their element

Passion. It’s one of those words you hear all the time. You’ve probably said it yourself recently. “I’m PASSIONATE about”, insert thing you’re passionate about here.
Yes, people seem to have a passion for saying we’re passionate about things. But...

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Categories: Inspiration
WHAT BILL MURRAY CAN TEACH US
By: Abi Humayun

Have you seen ‘Bill Murray Stories’ yet? Being well aware of the innate coolness of Bill Murray as a spreader of joy, on a recent flight back from the States I decided to give it a watch. It is a budget documentary that brings to life some of Bill Murray’s random actions through the eyes of the people who have...

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Categories: Thought Leadership
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #15
By: Jess Hutchinson

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Hands-on with Communication
The LEGO Foundation has teamed up with blind associations to launch a set of Braille bricks that can literally get people hands-on with communication. The bricks, which are available in 2020, represent numbers and letters...

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Categories: Inspiration, Snippets
SMART TO SHARE, AND EVEN SMARTER TO LISTEN.
By: Chris Teague

What’s it for: To encourage sharing seedling ideas for others to improve on
Who’s it for: The HiPPO "highest paid person's opinion" in your organisation

“With all the movies we work on; eventually the film tells you what it needs to be and if you’re smart enough to listen to that, it leads you to a different direction than perhaps...

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ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #14
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Step into the canvas
The Carrières de Lumières, an art center Northwest of Marseille in France, is helping to give people a new perspective on the artwork of Vincent Van Gogh. They have launched a fully immersive music...

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Categories: Inspiration, Snippets, Culture
Delegate Outcomes, Not Tasks
By: Chris Teague

What’s it for: Effective delegation.
Who’s it for: Those with a tendency to do themselves.

Do you consider yourself “a doer”? I know I do.
For those of us who are used to being the person doing the work, we find delegation tricky if not painful.
The tendency can be to either take on work myself or dive into the...

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Categories: Thought Leadership
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #13
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Resourceful Robotics
When two year old Cillian Jackson’s parents discovered that a motorised wheelchair was financially out of their reach for their son, they sought help from a group of students who took to the playground to problem...

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Categories: Inspiration, Snippets, Culture
A Product, not a Family
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Business owners, leaders and managers.
What’s it for: Adopting a continual improvement mindset.

"The best companies aren’t families. They’re supporters of families. Allies of families."
It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work. By Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson.
As previously shared we were inspired by “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work’, and we...

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ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #12
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Show us more
Dove have united with GirlGaze photographers and Getty Images to change the way women are represented within the media. Their collaboration seeks to challenge stereotypical beauty standards and be inclusive of a wider range of...

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Categories: Inspiration, Snippets
Disagree-and-commit
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Anyone leading a team.
What’s it for: To improve team performance.

“I disagree and commit all the time. We recently greenlit a particular Amazon Studios original. I told the team my view: debatable whether it would be interesting enough, complicated to produce, the business terms aren’t that good, and we have lots of other opportunities. They had...

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ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #11
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Stories > Stigma
Technology is constantly evolving, from WiFi to smart TV’s, tech has become part of our everyday homes. But what about those who are homeless? The video below shows just how impactful technology can be; with...

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Categories: Inspiration, Snippets
The Competition Has More of Everything Than You
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: The underdogs, the challengers everywhere.
What’s it for: To help bring perspective and spot opportunity.

The competition has more of everything than you; More staff. More history. More sales. More distribution. More infrastructure. More contacts. More marketing and more money. They have more followers on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, so how can you succeed?
‘We have...

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ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #10
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Listen Up
In the world of today we are awash with communications, grabbing our attention every second. It seems that everyone has got something to say, but not much time to listen. Listening has become a lost art,...

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Categories: Inspiration, Snippets, Culture
The Food of a Leader, is story
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Anyone interested in creating a high performance culture.
What’s it for: Understanding the components of a high performance team.

3yrs to the day, on a long-haul flight to South Africa, I read one of the most influential books in my professional career; that book was Legacy By James Kerr: and it is the reddest inked and dog-eared...

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ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #9
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Wise Words
This years Comic Relief ad steps away from its usual light-hearted, heart string pulling approach and instead, imparts us with words of wisdom. In a time of political unrest and division, Peter Mullan’s Glaswegian narration strikes...

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Categories: Culture, Snippets, Inspiration
The Voice inside your head, yeah that one
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Parents and those who lead others.
What’s it for: Highlighting the power of personal narratives.

Why has it taken for me to be 43yrs old before I realised narratives set your ambition, your drive and your focus. And that you & only you are accountable for this narrative?
The World's Worst Boss: Seth Godin
You are what...

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ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #8
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Hand Solo
We’re always exploring innovative solutions to problems we come across, and pride ourselves in thinking outside the box. That is why we’re so impressed by David Aguilar, who was born without a right forearm, and started...

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Categories: Inspiration, Snippets, Culture
Alive at Work
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Leaders who wish to help others love what they do.
What’s it for: Activating the seeking systems to maximise contribution to the success of a business.

For some time now, we’ve been looking for some scientific or academic validation to support People Activation. We even considered commissioning our own study; however, this newly released book does the...

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ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #7
By: Jess Hutchinson

It’s coming up to International Women’s day (Friday 8th March, incase you were wondering), and tomorrow Manchester is hosting the Walk for Women 2019, marking one hundred years since the first women in the UK voted in a General Election. With all of this we thought we’d focus this weeks’ story sharing on those that champion #girlpower.
So, these are...

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Categories: Snippets, Culture
The Most Powerful Leadership Question To Ask
By: Chris Teague

What’s it for: Sharing the most potent leadership question.
Who’s it for: Any one who leads others.

It’s not often I find a TV drama a lesson in leadership, staff engagement and internal communication; however, I believe Amazon Prime’s ‘New Amsterdam’ is precisely that. I was a huge fan of ER, so I was excited to be recommended ‘New Amsterdam’....

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ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #6
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Teach yourself to be creative...
Have you ever wanted to try something new, but thought to yourself “I can’t, I’m just not creative enough”? We might suck at first, but practice makes perfect. We’re constantly learning and exploring...

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Categories: Inspiration, Snippets, Culture
A QUESTION OF PURPOSE
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: People who don’t have a ‘Why’ or feel they lack a sense of purpose.
What’s it for: Clarifying how simple purpose can be

“It may sound surprising, but the feeling of purpose doesn’t only come from curing diseases and improving the world. The feeling of purpose also ignites when we can see the cause and effect between...

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ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #5
By: Jess Hutchinson

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Sparking Joy
In the wake of Valentine's Day, we wanted to share some self-care tips from the woman on all of our lips, Marie Kondo. Don’t know who we’re talking about? Marie teaches the practice of clearing sentimental...

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Categories: Snippets, Inspiration, Culture
THE IMPORTANCE OF FRAMING - ACTIVITY
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Decision makers.
What’s it for: To help teams and businesses ensure decisions lead to the best outcome being the most likely outcome.

“Good decisions don’t always lead to good outcomes, they merely lead to the best outcome being the most likely outcome.”
Seth Godin, The AltMBA
As stated in my previous blog (It’s time to stop celebrating...

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ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #4
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Let Children Get Bored Again
Our team were at TEDx Manchester this weekend and this topic sparked a lot of conversations in the studio.
These days we have a constant influx of stimulus that distracts us from tedium....

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Categories: Snippets, Inspiration, Culture
PROCRASTINATION KILLS - ACTIVITY
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Anyone who believes they experience ‘writer's block’
What’s it for: Taking action to help make change happen.

“I can procrastinate thinking about my procrastination problem. I can procrastinate
dealing with my problem of procrastinating, thinking about my procrastination
problem” Robert McKee in ‘The War of Art’ by Steven Pressfield
Writer's block is a condition, primarily associated with...

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Categories: Inspiration, Culture
Developing Empathy Through Storytelling
By: Joe Gilliver

What's it for: galvanising teams and developing empathy.
Who's it for: teams looking to connect.

Creating Empathy Through Storytelling
Building empathy between a team, getting them to connect and trust each other, isn't always an easy task. Especially when it’s a new team. It requires the group to open up and display they are willing to talk to each other,...

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Categories: Thought Leadership
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #3
By: Jess Hutchinson

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

The Design School of The Future
What happens when creativity and technology collide? Innovation. We love The RCA’s approach of integrating more science and technology within its curriculum to help the next generation of designers solve the problems...

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Categories: Inspiration, Snippets, Culture
THE INFLUENCE OF WORLDVIEWS - ACTIVITY
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Anyone interested in understanding how organisations change.
What’s it for: Helping make organisational change happen.

The concept of a ‘worldview’ is not a term I’d heard of or considered until recently however, it is a powerful lens to help empathise with your target audience when trying to make organisational change happen. Since learning about this concept, I...

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Activating Our Minds #2
By: Chris Teague

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

What the Fyre Festival Documentary Revealed About Millennials
There has been a lot written & said about the challenge of engaging millennials in the workplace. Despite being a fiasco, the Fyre Festival demonstrates three themes and a value...

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Categories: Culture, Inspiration, Snippets
THE POWER OF REFLECTIVE SCRIPTS
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Anyone interested in having more productive meetings.
What’s it for: Helping generate better outcomes from meetings.

In my previous blog post 'It's time to stop celebrating crazy at work' I shared the outcomes of our recent book review project which explored what we can all do to ensure the workplace is calm, productive and fulfilling for everyone....

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People Making Better People
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard

Who’s it for: People who believe it is people who help make better people
What’s it for: To inspire more people to make an impact on others

PEOPLE MAKING BETTER PEOPLE
Our passion is inspiring people to get hands on with positive change.
We see a lot of great stuff and are always on the lookout for new inspiration that...

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Activating Our Minds #1
By: Chris Teague

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

The invention that helped me write again
Not only is this story inspiring it’s particularly timely as we’re working on an activation brief for a Rheumatoid Arthritis treatment. This is innovation at its best; adding value and literally...

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Categories: Inspiration, Culture, Snippets
It’s time to stop celebrating crazy at work
By: Chris Teague

What’s it for: To share our insights on a business-related hot topic
Who’s it for: Anyone who wishes to improve productivity & fulfilment in the workplace.

“Working to breaking point with long hours, excessive workload, and a lack of sleep have become a badge of honour for many people these days when it should be a mark of stupidity. This...

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How do the People Activation Agency activate their own people?
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard

One thing that we are genuinely excited about sharing, is our Summer Gathering!
After a few months of non-stop delivery for our clients, it was time to turn the gaze inwards and spend some “us time”. We wanted to get everyone together to live our team code and celebrate success by sharing our great achievements, including promotions, recent work and...

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Categories: Culture, Inspiration
The performance will only be as good as the rehearsal
By: Chris Teague

These words are probably familiar to many of us and as the conference season is well and truly upon us I thought it would be useful to remind the many leaders who will be standing in front of their teams/businesses of the fact that the performance will only be as good as the rehearsal.
We’ve all seen fantastic presenters and...

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Don’t launch a strategy. Create a movement.
By: Abi Humayun

The power of communication for a winning strategy.
You have spent months, if not longer, creating a strategy. One that you believe will ensure your business is successful. But for your strategy to be truly successful, you need to ensure you transform it into more than just words on a piece of paper. The best way to do this is...

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Categories: Thought Leadership
Make employees hungry to deliver on your purpose: Our People Activation guide
By: Abi Humayun

We all know by now that having a purpose is good for your business. In the words of Simon Sinek, “people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it”. This means that companies that have a powerful purpose perform better than companies that don’t.
Having a clarity of purpose and an emotional connection to it is proven...

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Categories: Thought Leadership
2018 – The Year of Employee Experience
By: Joe & Pippa

2018 is turning out to be an exciting year already! Firstly, it’s Year of the Dog (which obviously, we’re on board with) and now Forbes have labelled 2018 as the ‘Year of the Employee Experience’. As we well know, employees are key to a company’s success and increasingly, companies are now starting to focus on their employees as much as...

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The award season
By: Chris Teague

The award season came to a close this week and wrapped up another very successful year for Rapport - The People Activation Agency. On Tues we were awarded the 'Agency of The Year' title by The Drum UK Event Awards. We were also recognised by the judges for our 'One With The Power To Shape The Future' activation for Boehringer...

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Categories: Snippets
How we used real customer stories to help TalkTalk reconnect employees to their purpose.
By: Natalie English

Through providing simple, affordable, reliable and fair connectivity for everyone, TalkTalk employees are impacting the lives of people, businesses and communities all across the UK.
So when TalkTalk asked for our help in reconnecting employees with their purpose, we knew that we had to use real customer stories to help bring the words to life.
How did we do it?...

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Categories: Snippets
Delivering Digital: How co-creation helped Fujitsu produce real solutions for real customers
By: Joe & Pippa

In September this year, we were lucky enough to work with Japanese tech giant, Fujitsu on the ‘Distinguished Engineers Conference’, an annual occasion that celebrates the top 220 engineers from within the business by awarding them FDE status.
Created back in 1988, the FDE initiative was designed to recognise and reward technical excellence from across the business. Only those who...

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Categories: Snippets
How the All Blacks and Uncle Fester helped us to create a winning culture.
By: Chris Platt

Google ‘company values' and see the same words appear almost every time; integrity, collaboration and innovation.
With every business and every team so unique, it baffles us to see so many now adopting generic values that people just don’t get and expecting their teams to deliver on them.
What if instead of applying generic values and behaviours, businesses actually took...

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Categories: Culture
Unite, Perform, Transform
By: Chris Teague

'One With The Power to Shape The Future' was a kind of annual staff conference. But it had to be much more than a conference, specifically because it was a coming together of two global businesses. As such, their values and beliefs had to be challenged and changed.
The event had three key objectives: To unite two former businesses
as...

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Categories: Snippets
Reaching The Unreachables
By: Natalie English


Working at Rapport, we find ourselves faced each day with new challenges and opportunities that really grab our attention and spark something within each of us; with some of our most recent activations resonating so deeply amongst the agency that they have kick started our latest team journey, of Reaching The Unreachables.
This journey is our most recent path of...

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Categories: Thought Leadership
3 things I've learned and loved at Rapport
By: Emma Carney

I’m Emma - I’m not a novelist, but I am a creative here at Rapport (who kindly let me be queen of the questions for 2 months on placement, please forgive me).
I’d just finished a degree in holds breath Fashion Brand Promotion with Photography at the University of Central Lancashire exhales and within 3 days I had my first...

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Categories: Culture
Co-creation at the core
By: Laura Gallagher

LV= pride themselves on being customer focused. As part of this they commissioned a research project to identify segments that truly represent the broad spectrum of customers. These segments are an invaluable insight for employees at LV= to help the company deliver the vision to be “Britains best loved insurer”. It was our challenge to take this research and present...

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Categories: Snippets
Don't Just Communicate, Activate.
By: Chris Teague

Activity Based Activations
We’ve all read the Benjamin Franklin quote: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” We can all relate to this yet when it comes to business meetings and conferences/events; the old didactic approach [perceived expert on stage offloading information on a passive audience] presides over people/audiences exploring and...

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Categories: Thought Leadership
20 years of activating
By: Laura Gallagher

It’s been 20 years since the first Harry Potter book was released. And whilst that makes me feel really old... it is something my generation has grown up with and we have been truly activated by it in many, many ways. I could give 1,000 reasons as to why, but here are just four of the ways we’ve been activated...

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Categories: Culture
Empowering a Creative Culture
By: Joe & Pippa

“Originality is fragile. And, in its first moments, it’s often far from pretty.”
Ed Catmull, Creativity Inc.
Pixar. Oh Pixar. They move so many of us with their emotionally charged stories, beautiful vision, and seemingly limitless creative output. It is astounding how much good material comes from Pixar and it begs the question, how on God’s green Earth do they...

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Categories: Inspiration
7 Reasons To Bring Your Dog To Work (Charlie’s Perspective)
By: Charlie (The Dog)

Every time my mummy shouts “Walkies”’ I feel a tingling sensation in my tummy and my tail begins to wag back and forth. Watching my family in anticipation as they search for my lead, I am raring to get outside. Hurry up; I’m ready for my walkies! “Woof!”
That’s when I see it in my mummy’s hand, a glistening black...

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Categories: Culture
Where The Agile Things Are
By: Natalie English

We were lucky enough to collaborate with Janssen, a pharmaceutical company, on a 'Where The Wild Things Are' themed event at Amsterdam Zoo. Janssen wanted to recognise and empower employees, and asked for our help to bring an agile workshop to life.
The Brief
The workshop needed to be fun, engaging and provide networking opportunities, whilst also educate delegates on...

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Categories: Snippets
We're hiring!
By: The Team

Job Title: Brand Engagement Executive
Job Location: Manchester
Due to a period of growth Rapport: The People Activation Agency are looking for a Brand Engagement Executive to join our fantastic team.
The successful candidate will have a marketing or creative background and be able to demonstrate a genuine interest for Internal Communications and Employee Engagement.
This is a great role...

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Categories: Culture
Activations of the month - April 2017
By: The Team

People Activation is the action or process of empowering a human being to create a positive change. Or causing increased emotion, activity or desire to change; capable of exerting influence (opposed to passive).
We are always on the hunt for amazing examples of People Activation and have found that the more we look, the more we are blown away by...

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Categories: Inspiration
What can Disney teach us about company culture?
By: Chris Platt

What can Disney’s master storytellers teach us about understanding company culture?
We recently had the chance to spend time with Ron Clements and John Musker, the Disney directors behind such classics as Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and their latest project Moana - their first CGI film.
Moana is an animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who, with the help...

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Categories: Inspiration
Activations of the month - March 2017
By: The Team

We are always on the hunt for amazing stories that embody People Activation and have found that the more we look, the more we are blown away by the way people across the globe are standing up and creating positive change.
In the first part of this year alone, we've seen that People Activation can come from anywhere and at...

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Categories: Inspiration
TalkTalk Consumer ReBrand
By: Laura Gallagher

As well as recently launching our own rebrand, we’ve been supporting TalkTalk on launching their new consumer brand to all employees, ensuring they all become brand advocates.
TalkTalk’s is on a journey to change their brand reputation from Cheap Challenger to the Smart Choice Quadplay provider. Not only had the much publicised cyber-attack of 2015 undermined trust in TalkTalk but...

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Categories: Snippets
What’s it like being a new starter at Rapport?
By: Joe & Pippa

The past few months have been a whirlwind. Actually, in all honesty, these past few months have been rather unsettling. When the opportunity arose to move to Manchester and become a Producer, my mind felt like unassembled Lego bricks that had been thrown on the floor by a petulant child.
Even though I knew this would mean a complete change...

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Categories: Culture
Rapport at OFFSET
By: Gary Booth

Rapport’s studio team were lucky enough to visit OFFSET in Sheffield in October '16. Offset has fast become one of the world’s most inspirational, educational and vocational conferences for the design and creative industries, attracting around 2,500 attendees annually. This was the first year it had been outside of it’s main base in Dublin, so it was a rare chance...

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Categories: Inspiration
3 months in
By: Natalie English

It's been just over 3 months since I joined Rapport as a Creative and I've just been informed that it's a tradition for new starters to write a blog post summarising their first few months. For my blog, I thought I'd keep it simple and stick with the number 3 theme.
3 things I’ve learned:
What People Activation is. It's...

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Categories: Culture
So, what is 'People Activation'?
By: Abi Humayun

At it’s simplest; People Activation is what happens when people are inspired to take action in order to create a positive change.
We are all familiar with the phrase ‘employee engagement’, indeed it’s the benchmark for a happy and productive team. However, is it enough these days to simply say that you have people who are engaged? Whilst there is...

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Categories: Thought Leadership
Strictly Wheels
By: Chris Platt

We recently found out about Strictly Wheels - a charity set up to encourage wheelchair dancing. Yep, wheelchair dancing. How awesome is that!
Strictly Wheels was founded in 2016 by Paula Moulton and Gary Lyness, who compete for Great Britain at international level.
We loved what they do so much that we asked Paula and Gary to feature in our...

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Categories: Community
Announcement
By: Russell Oakley

Rapport Events rebrands to become world’s first “People Activation Agency”.
Manchester. 04 October 2016: Award winning Manchester based agency Rapport Events has today re-branded as Rapport: The People Activation Agency in a move that will see it diversify it’s offering to include all aspects of Employee Engagement and Internal Communications.
The agency, who’s clients include Talk Talk, Müller, Purina and...

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Categories: Snippets
New Feminism and People Activation
By: Hannah Cross-Phillipson

People Activation is a moment that sparks change, a moment when someone stands up for what they believe in and propels others to do the same. Sometimes these moments can start a movement. That's what Emma Watson did in 2014, when she stood in front of the UN as the goodwill ambassador and introduced a new inclusive approach to feminism...

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Categories: Inspiration
The Thoughts of a New Starter at Rapport
By: Pippa McGuire

As one of the newest members of the Rapport team, I’ve been asked to write a blog entry about my time here so far. We’re on the brink of our new brand launch so it's a great time to talk about the recent past as we embark on something spectacular…watch this space!
I joined Rapport at a strangely quiet period....

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Categories: Culture
The Somme #WeAreHere
By: Hannah Cross-Phillipson

We spoke to Turner prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller about the first world war memorial that captured the Nation's attention in 2016.
If you were anywhere near social media on the 1st of July 2016, even for the briefest of moments, you will have witnessed the photos and videos being shared all around Britain. From London to Glasgow, in Bristol Temple...

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Categories: Inspiration
Reclaim
By: Georgia Rigg

We are a Manchester agency and we’re damn well proud of it! We love our home city and there’s so much inspiration and opportunity around us to thrive from. But we also know that these opportunities don’t come as easy to everyone.
It was Hannah that came across a wicked campaign by RECLAIM and we all wanted to get involved...

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Categories: Community
The First Rule of Team Code is Always Talk About Team Code
By: Amy Brown

Back in December we were tasked with creating a Team Code. Something that ensured we continued to grow as a team, as an agency, and something we could all relate to and use everyday. After all, with Forbes 2016 rating our jobs as the fifth most stressful career around, we felt it was important to put something in place to...

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Categories: Culture
Legacy
By: Chris Teague

Better People Make Better All Blacks
Our culture is our USP and our number one priority – as we grow we want to maintain this and embed it as the way we do business: we lead rather than follow, we strive to be better than before and we respect one another.
So with this in mind several of us have...

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Categories: Thought Leadership
Lydia's Placement
By: Lydia Tissier

Towards the end of my 1st year studying Theatre and Performance at the University of Leeds, I realised it would be useful to undertake some work experience. Because like most students, I haven’t the faintest idea of what I would like to do.
Now, you may be thinking 'what is a drama student doing in an agency like Rapport?'
I...

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Categories: Culture
Next chapter
By: Abi Humayun

As 2015 draws to a close we enter another exciting chapter for Rapport. On Monday we move to our fabulous new home at The Hive in the Northern Quarter. The NQ has been the perfect community for the agency and in the 9 years we’ve been working here, we have seen it become the creative hub and social mecca it...

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Categories: Culture
The Ebb & Flow of Feedback
By: Marc Woods

We spoke to Paralympic Gold medallist and cancer survivor, Marc Woods, about the role that feedback has played in his life and his achievements. Marc is an author and motivational speaker and we think you'll be really interested in how his own practices and beliefs can be adopted in the workplace.
I was once discussing the merits of feedback with...

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Categories: Thought Leadership
When your senses lead you
By: Laura Gallagher

Being a designer, I’m naturally drawn to things that look awesome and I truly care about making our client projects look great. However, what would happen if SIGHT was taken away?
I recently visited Budapest on holiday, and even though I try to switch off, you just can’t help but be inspired. I was lucky enough to visit the ‘invisible...

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Categories: Inspiration
Enduring success
By: Andy Cave

Elite climber Andy Cave’s story of overcoming adversity and rising above expectations has inspired audiences the world over. His recent talk on mountaineering drew many powerful parallels with business.
Andy’s story began 3000 feet underground in the Yorkshire coalmines. After four years as a miner, he quit his job and pursued his passion for climbing. From the Himalayas to the...

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Categories: Thought Leadership
Why? A marathon story
By: Hannah Cross-Phillipson

I ran the marathon.
I put one foot in front of the other for 26.2 miles. My friends and family thought I was mad and quite openly doubted that I would be able to complete it. The most common response I heard after telling people what I was doing was… WHY?
I signed up five months ago, after one too...

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Categories: Culture