Insights: Leadership

Reframing annual leave – a win for mental health, the environment and local businesses

Whether it’s our environmental conscience, Brexit-fuelled visa uncertainty or – yes, you guessed it – the pandemic, the way we are thinking about holidays has changed. Firstly, we’ve been forced to reconsider how we approach annual leave. In the...

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Can we afford purpose in a recession?

Yesterday I got out of my (virtual) four walls for a panel discussion organised by Pimento, about whether businesses can afford purpose in a recession – though it inevitably explored so much more. In short, it’s a resounding ‘yes’...

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Believe in Better: Insight and inspiration from industry leaders

Back in July this year we spoke to Steve Swayne, Chair of the Institute for Turnaround – a membership organisation of highly trained professionals in business turnaround and transformation. In this episode we discuss the work the IFT does...

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What will life be like for working parents after Covid-19?

The new four part docuseries ‘Hillary’ airing on Sky this month, is a four-hour ramble through the career of one of the most famous women in the world, Hillary Clinton. In episode two we revisited the intense fallout from...

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Pitching to media during a global pandemic

The PR industry has evolved a great deal over time, with the original focus solely on securing coverage, to adapting broad offerings, much like the services offered at Stand – including digital, strategy, insight and creative. However, while excelling...

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Lessons from Remote Working #4 – Embracing vulnerability

It’s amazing how powerful a human connection can be when we see beyond someone’s professional façade and catch a glimmer of their real life in all its chaotic, mundane glory. After five weeks in lockdown, the surprise appearance of...

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Lessons from Remote Working #1 – On Face Value

For a few years now the creative industries, particularly here in the UK, have been talking about flexible, borderless, digital-only ways of working. And we’ve been smug about it. Priding ourselves at being able to hot-desk, dial in, track...

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Fake news, who can we trust?

“FAKE NEWS”. Trump said it, Labour said it, young people say it, even your Gran’s probably said it. But the advent of fake news is more than a flyaway comment and a defence used by politicians.

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60 Seconds with Stand’s MD Laura Oliphant

Stand Agency’s Managing Director and Co-Founder Laura Oliphant was recently interviewed by communications platform Cision, as part of their 60 second interview segment.

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Focussing our energy

Not for a long time (ever?) has there been a better time to get traction behind a campaign tackling climate change. The recent hype has led to a renewed interest in the topic and a building sense of urgency....

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Reflecting on the British Energy Security Strategy

Following weeks of speculation, leaks, and story-trailing, the UK Government released its long-awaited British...

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Harnessing your superpower

I was diagnosed with ADHD in January 2021, whilst I was in the middle...

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Why we’re introducing a 9-day fortnight

We believe that we work to live, not live to work, and that a...

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We need to talk about burnout

In a recent livestream hosted by BetterUp, a US-based wellbeing charity, Prince Harry admitted...

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Weight: The overlooked health inequality

In my adult life, I’ve never been smaller than a size 12. There was...

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What I learnt during my time as a carer

Just like so many individuals, working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic made me...

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