Home is not a pit stop
By: Chris Teague

What's it for: Taking time out for what truly matters.
Who's it for: Most probably everyone who works.

"Don’t be like race car drivers and treat home like a pit stop” HBR Review.
This quote stood out in a Harvard Business Review article entitled: How CEOs Manage Time and I can relate to this.
When things are as busy, it’s...

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Categories: Snippets, Culture, Inspiration
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
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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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
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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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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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
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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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