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Establishing a social licence to operate

by Matthew Hart

Establishing and maintaining a “social licence” to operate can be a fundamental requirement for businesses across a range of industries, from primary industries and infrastructure through to mining and resources.

For the past two years, BBS has worked with PNG’s SP Brewery, owned by Dutch giant Heineken, forging a communication strategy focused on maintaining this “social licence”. Read More

Brisbane gears up for the G20 Summit

Demetri Hughes, Jane Edwards and Shane Rodgers attend a recent Australian Marketing Institute breakfast about the G20 Summit
Demetri Hughes, Jane Edwards and Shane Rodgers attend a recent Australian Marketing Institute breakfast about the G20 Summit

by Jane Edwards, Chairman and Chief Executive of BBS Communications Group

Brisbane is about to host one of the most significant events in the world, The G20 Summit. I was privileged to be responsible for the worldwide communications program for World Expo 88 twenty-six years go and so I have been watching with interest the public response to the G20 Summit, which will take place here in November. Read More

No-frills Newman Budget announces asset sales, infrastructure investment

by Shaun Brockman

This week, Queensland’s Newman Government handed down the final budget of its first term.

The 2014-15 Queensland Government Budget aims to bring the budget to balance by 2015-16, through a combination of controlled spending growth, and a move to sell or lease a range of government assets. Read More

When silence isn’t golden: the art of internal communications

by Rachael Maundrell

The State of the Global Workplace – a worldwide survey conducted found only 13% of employees were engaged at work.  That’s right, only one-in-eight employees across the globe are committed to their jobs and making positive contributions to their organisation. A staggering 63% indicated they were “not engaged” and 24% sat in the “actively disengaged” bracket.

Problematic? We think so. The question is; how do managers actively re-engage those who have mentally checked out? Read More

When it’s time for good vibrations at the work stations, it’s time for ‘authentic leadership’

leadership_B&Wby Lisa Nixon

There’s leadership and then there’s authentic leadership. In theory, there may not be much to set them apart, but in practice there is a world of difference.

As those of us in business continue to face challenging times testing our relationships with clients, suppliers and our staff, conversations about leadership and culture are as valuable as those about productivity and cost efficiency. Read More