corporate internal communication using virtual reality

Webinar: Virtual reality adding value in internal communication

corporate internal communication using virtual reality

Webinar: How virtual reality can add value to internal communication

And why you too should consider introducing it into your organization

New technologies are making their way into our private and work lives. Virtual reality (VR) is no longer the realm of gamers and technology geeks alone. Instead, we see more and more marketing, communication, and education employing VR and augmented reality (AR).

With this evolution of VR, we see a new, innovative and engaging communication channel emerging – but what can it do, when, and what should you use it for, and how expensive and difficult is it really? What about the ROI – is it worth it all?

In this 45-minute webinar, Michael Neidhöfer and Andreas Ringsted will discuss these themes and answer any questions you may have about VR in internal communications.

Time: Thursday 12th December 2019, 16:00 CET (GMT+1)

You can expect insights into the value VR can provide, where it is best applied, what the technology doesn’t bend to, and how to evaluate (and influence) your organization’s readiness for adopting new channels and methods – such as VR.

You can join the complimentary webinar by clicking the link below:

Webinar registration

Speakers

Michael Neidhöfer

The CEO of ZREALITY GmbH, the provider of world’s first marketing platform for XR apps and content, Michael is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully build several companies in his past, such as Netbiscuits, one of the largest mobile application platforms worldwide. Michael’s key expertise is building hyperscaling B2B SaaS/Cloud platforms and digital business models. Michael also supports several technology start-ups as a Business Angel and Advisor. He has been nominated 3 times as “Entrepreneur of the Year” in Germany.

Andreas Ringsted

The Head of Digital Experiences at Open, The Copenhagen based Internal Communications agency, Andreas has worked for +15 years creating engaging communication and experiences in external and internal communications, developing campaigns and initiatives for a long list of clients like the United Nations, the European Union, Pandora, Carlsberg, Georg Jensen, and Microsoft. Always at the forefront of technology and looking for innovative solutions, Andreas advises clients on digital solutions, across organizational levels and functions.

Facilitator

Kristina Malther

The Managing Director of Open CPT, Open’s subsidiary in South Africa, and co-founder of Open, Kristina is an expert in internal- and change communication. She has complemented her master’s degree in Communication and Psychology with training in project management, systemic leadership, MBTI/typology, coaching and facilitation. Kristina has more than 15 years’ experience as a consultant, advisor and leader.

Michael and Andreas will discuss the topic for roughly 30 minutes, with Kristina opening the arena for questions and comments both during and after.

Open is the leading internal communication agency

We combine strategic and creative communication to get everyone engaged in reaching corporate goals. We work closely with our clients to understand their needs and corporate culture, and we put their employees at the centre of everything we do.


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Webinar: The strategic role of internal communication

webinar internal communication

Webinar: The strategic role of internal communication: How IC will continue to make an impact

Internal communication as a discipline has been moving from the role of a distributor of information and an engager of employees to a more strategic business function. What are the challenges in this move, and how to act on them? Mike Klein and Kasper Steensen will discuss this topic from their respective points of view in this 45-minute webinar.

You can expect insights into what the alignment gap is and how it stands in your way; where engagement, the hot topic of the past years, fits in the picture; what we mean by reducing noise; and how being human can help you gain the trust of your audience.

You can join the complimentary webinar here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1751079319179007757

Time:  Tuesday 18th June 2019, 10AM CEST (GMT+2)

Speakers

Mike Klein

One of the most visible voices and writers in the world of Internal Communication, Mike Klein is a Netherlands-based IC consultant with more than twenty years of experience. Mike has worked with major corporates including Maersk Oil, Cargill, Shell, Avery Dennison, easyJet, and Barclays, and has a strong focus on internal influence and qualitative research. An MBA graduate of London Business School, Mike is EMENA Regional Chair of the International Association of Business Communicators and principal of Changing the Terms.

Kasper Steensen

The CSO, partner and co-founder of Open, a Copenhagen based employee communications agency, Kasper has over 15 years of experience in working with internal communications, both as a field and in practice. He knows the ins and outs of the art, has advised large, global organizations such as Carlsberg, Novo Nordisk, Maersk, and Pandora, and has his finger on the pulse of what is moving in the field. He is a multi-artist when it comes to combining a strategic mindset with creative execution.

Facilitator

Kristina Malther

The Managing Director of Open CPT, Open’s subsidiary in South Africa, and co-founder of Open, Kristina is an expert in internal and change communication. She has complemented her Master’s degree in Communication and Psychology with training in project management, systemic leadership, mbti/typology, coaching and facilitation. Kristina has more than 15 years’ experience as a consultant, advisor and leader.

Mike and Kasper will discuss the topic for roughly 30 minutes, with Kristina opening the arena for questions and comments both during and after.

 

Open CPT is an internal communication agency

We develop innovative ways of communicating with employees, leaders and stakeholders to drive engagement and create sustainable change. Open CPT is a subsidiary of leading European employee communication agency, Open, and rooted in Open’s principles of creativity, involvement and simplicity. Drawing on a decade of experience from working with some of Europe’s largest corporations, we offer fresh as well as tried-and-tested approaches.


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Master Class: Bringing values to life in your organisation

values

Reputation Management master class: Bringing values to life

By: Aneeqah Samsodien, Brand and communication specialist (October 25, 2018)

“It takes years to build a reputation and only a few minutes to destroy it”, said Warren Buffett, who is viewed by many as the greatest investor of all time. On a daily basis, companies are faced with the challenge of effectively building, managing and maintaining their corporate reputation. Are you armed with the necessary skills and information to take your organisation’s reputation to the next level?

We are excited to offer a class on internal communication and values as part of Reputation Matters’ Master Class this November.

Open CPT Managing Director Kristina Malther will be hosting a Master Class on Bringing values to life, an interactive session where delegates will be taken through a process of identifying key internal areas to focus on to get messages communicated through the organisation.

The following topics will be covered on the day:

  • Core principles of communication;
  • Tendencies in internal communication;
  • Developing and implementing an internal communication strategy; step-by-step and cases
  • Why values matter;
  • How to identify and define corporate values; step-by-step and cases; and
  • How to bring values to life in the organisation; step-by-step and cases

 

This Master Class is hosted by Reputation Matters and forms part of a 5-day Master Class series endorsed by The Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA), that will take place at the Grand West Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa.

Other speakers at the event include Regine le Roux from Reputation Matters, Cynthia Schoeman from Ethics Monitor, Jennigay Coetzer, freelance writer, author, journalist, editor and trainer, and Ashleigh Hamilton, a well-seasoned journalist.

Master Class details:

Dates: 12 – 16 November 2018

Venue: Grand West Hotel, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Duration: 5 days; 09:00 to 16:00 daily

CPD points: 12 Points

Seats are limited to 20 people

 

Costs:

Full Master Class programme: R 21 800.00 (Inc. VAT) – Master Class of all five sessions include Regine le Roux’s book ‘Reputation Matters’, lunch and refreshments.

Individual sessions: R 4 800.00 (Inc. VAT) –  Individual sessions include lunch and refreshments

 

To register for the event, please click the link here to find out more.


Communicating values Open CPT

Communicating values - From posters on the wall to something we live

Communicating values Open CPT

 

Communicating values

From posters on the wall to something we live

By: Kristina Malther, Managing Director, Open CPT (August 8, 2018)

 

We recently did a Dialogue Matters session on Ethics and values that gave me an opportunity to gather a number of cases and examples - as well as my thoughts - on what really works when it comes to communicating values internally.

Why values matter

First off, corporate values are sometimes laughed at or dismissed as corporate b...s... but I must say, that I have seen many examples of values that truly work when it comes to:

  • Building a strong culture. Especially in large organisations with multiple geographies, demographics, businesses etc. Values act as the glue that ties it all together.
  • Helping people make the right choices on an everyday basis. When values work, they help us navigate effectively and make decisions in a complex world.
Iceberg model - Open CPT
Iceberg model

With free inspiration from Edgar Schein, I often use the iceberg model to illustrate how values are driving our behaviour on an often unconscious level - alongside our beliefs. In order to succeed with real behavioural change, we need to make sure that our values are in sync with the behaviour, we are trying to foster.

Another perspective, offered by Cynthia Schoeman from Ethics Monitor at our session, was this: when it comes to ethical behaviour, rules and regulations (compliance) is the stick, whereas values are the carrot. Values can proactively drive ethical behaviour when they are fully lived by employees.

Off the wall - and into our hearts and minds

Truth be told, there are many corporate values that never make it off the wall and into the hearts and minds of employees. And that is when they are shrugged at.

At Open, we have helped implement or revitalise corporate values in many organisations. And I can happily report, it's something that is only growing in importance and focus. Alongside the focus on compliance communication. Carrot and stick.

These are some of the things we know work well and help get the values off the wall and into the hearts and minds:

Get values off the wall and into the hearts and minds

Tip 1: Storytelling and authenticity

We need to tell real stories about the values and what they mean to people. Stories that are at eye-level with all employees - not just management - and stories that allow for imagination and interpretation. So less corporate lingo, less bullets, less instructions - more stories, more people, more authenticity.

And try to incorporate a storytelling element in your engagement activities e.g. bonfire talks where people share stories about how colleagues have truly exemplified and lived the values (I can promise you, that these can be some of the most heartwarming talks you'll ever hear in an organisational setting).

Tip 2: Engage and activate

And most importantly: instead of telling people too much about the values and how they must be understood, allow them to fill in the gaps themselves, reflecting on how they understand the values - and crucially - how they apply the values in their particular job. This can only be done in true, open dialogue, which is why every values roll-out must incorporate tools and templates to facilitate this at every level of the organisation.

If I am the cashier at Pick 'n Pay, I need a chance to figure out how 'We take individual responsibility' and how I translate that into everyday actions at the till. Dialogue tools and dilemma exercises in a team setting will help this process along - also in a large organisation.

Tip 3: Make it fun

It goes for most things: people are much more likely to engage with anything if it's fun and entertaining. And this doesn't mean silly or superficial. Use gamification: do a values quiz, create a values Black Jack card deck, or maybe a values charades game that will kick-start reflection and add a bit of team building at the same time.

And then show emotions and allow for real conversations to happen. People want to talk about people, and people want to talk about what matters to them. Values are a great opportunity to do just that.

Integrate values in the employee lifecycle

To stay top of mind, values must be an integral part of your onboarding of new people, your performance management, your strategy and your leadership communication to name a few.

It's a good idea to look at it from an employee lifecycle perspective: when and how should a prospective employee experience the values? How should the values be reflected in the ongoing development activities? How do the values come into play in the day-to-day operations?

Values must be activated and applied constantly to be relevant. And to become an integral part of your culture.

Finally, remember that living values doesn't happen overnight and with one campaign - it takes constant focus and activation at every possible opportunity.

Get in touch for more examples and ideas on how to communicate corporate values internally.

 

 

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