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POST CRISIS: Being an Informal Whistleblower Should be Part of the Job Description

So now ‘Rotherham’ is doomed to enter the lexican of towns long shadowed by failure.It is a town where 1,400 girls were abused between 1997 and 2013 and where a report pointed the finger of blame for failing to do enough to stop the attacks at Rotherham Borough Council and South Yorkshire Police.Times journalist Andrew Norfolk who helped expose the story welcomed the council’s recent openness…See More
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THE HORROR: The Four Stages of Comms Facepalm

We’ve all been there working in comms, marketing, web and PR… the ridiculous request that gets made of you that is dafter than a box of frogs.A request or a comment so ludicrous, so inane and so lacking in common sense that it takes all your considerable being to stop yourself from tipping over the desk and shouting loudly: “But that’s just… STOOPID!”But you don’t. You nod sagely…See More
Aug 20
Dan Slee posted a blog post

THE HORROR: The Four Stages of Comms Facepalm

We’ve all been there working in comms, marketing, web and PR… the ridiculous request that gets made of you that is dafter than a box of frogs.A request or a comment so ludicrous, so inane and so lacking in common sense that it takes all your considerable being to stop yourself from tipping over the desk and shouting loudly: “But that’s just… STOOPID!”But you don’t. You nod sagely…See More
Aug 20
Dan Slee posted a blog post

Communications Tip: Why You Need to Challenge Like a Three-Year-Old

I’ve blogged about the need to be the grit in the oyster in comms and PR and to the need challenge.That scheme the chief executive has? It’s going to fail and you need to diplomatically warn them.That elected member who demands a press release? It’s down to you to tell them that won’t work.Unless you…See More
Aug 1
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How to Do Authentic Frontline Social Media

With social media dedicated frontline people can brilliantly provide a human face to champion the work an organisation is doing.Morgan Bowers, Walsall Council’s senior countryside ranger, is a pioneer of this approach and has worked to innovate around how people outside the comms team in the public sector can do to really connect with people.Seeing what she does blows away any institutional objections that comms people may have to opening up the gate to allow people outside comms to use social…See More
Jul 30
Dan Slee posted a blog post

Communications Advice? Be Bold, Be the Bit of Grit in the Oyster

If there is one piece of advice I came to late in my career that I value in my career it is this… the role of comms is sometimes to be the bit of grit in the oyster.It was Paul Willis of Leeds Metropolitan University who I first hear use the phrase.Really?What the heck does this mean?My take on it is that sometimes, the role of the comms person is to politely stand your ground and to challenge and to point…See More
Jul 27
Dan Slee posted a blog post

Corporate Criticism Shouldn’t Be Taken Personally

There’s a thing about people who put their heart and soul into making a social media account work.They go the extra mile, they’re pushing at the margins and they take a real sense of pride about what they are doing.But there’s also something that connects them whether profile they are running whether that’s a town centre Facebook, a corporatel Twitter or an NHS Trust YouTube channel.Because they…See More
Jul 1
Dan Slee posted a blog post

PROTEST PR: How Comms Should Answer Cuts Questions

You’re a public sector PR person and you’ve got to answer a question from the media about cuts, what do you do?Forecasts say there will be 40 per cent job losses in some areas of the public sector with £3.3…See More
May 15
Dan Slee posted a blog post

FAIL FORWARD: Don’t Fear Failure – blog and slideshare

It’s such a damning word isn’t it, failure? It’s the bowler hatted man falling on a banana skin or the wrongly sent tweet that leaves us falling about LOL-ing.But the truth is, failure is beautiful. From failure we learn and we can do a better job. We shouldn’t fear failure. We should leave space for failure so we can have the confidence to do bigger better things.I was faced with a real dilemma just recently. I’d agreed to…See More
May 13
David B. Grinberg liked Dan Slee's blog post 'SPACE LAB: We need to create time to experiment to survive'
Apr 29
Dan Slee posted a blog post

SPACE LAB: We need to create time to experiment to survive

There’s been a real drive for evidence based campaigns in the public sector just recently.Government communicators have been asked not to do anything unless it’s based on data.The argument goes that this cuts out the vanity campaign or the SOS – the Sending Out Stuff – that sees press releases and other things shovelled out the door because some action is better than nothing.Don’t get me wrong, I can see real…See More
Apr 29
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Apr 13
Dan Slee posted a blog post

FAIL SUCCESS: It’s time to celebrate failure

Ladies and gentlemen, I want to celebrate failure.Not just the small I’ve-forgotten-to-put-the-bins out fail but the epic failures that really leave egg on your face.So, say it once say it proud, I’ve failed and I’m proud.Because he or she who really knows the bitter pill of underachieving is dealt a golden weight of life lessons that will make them better.‘Fail fast, fail forward,’ is a good maxim to…See More
Apr 3
Dan Slee posted a blog post

INFO SKILLS: Essential social media skills for librarians (and others)

In all my years in local government I’ve not come across anyone so Militantly passionate about the job they do than librarians.So, it was great to be able to sit down with 12 of them and talk to them about social media and how it could work for them. Walsall Council countryside ranger Morgan Bowers came along too and I’ve hardly finished a training session over the past few years without pointing to her as an…See More
Mar 3
Dan Slee posted a blog post

RIGHT WRITING: The Business of Blogging: One Voice of 14

Blogging. Why bother? It’s a question I’ve asked myself before as I’ve reached for the laptop after a busy day when probably a bottle of wine would have been better.As it turns out, I’m not alone. According to one estimate there are more than 200 million and that’s not event counting micro-blogging platform Twitter.For me, it’s a place to think things…See More
Feb 17
Marian Henderson liked Dan Slee's blog post 'WATER HERO: Why tweeting from the riverbank frontline works'
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Current Title:
Senior Press and PR Officer
Current Agency or Organization
Walsall Council
What Best Describes Your Role?
Communications
Educational Background (Degree, School):
Ba English & History, Northumbria University
Profile Links - Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook
Blog: www.danslee.wordpress.com
Twitter: @danslee
Facebook: Daniel Slee
Topics I Care About
Communications, Gov 2.0
I work for the government because:
it means I can make the place I live a better place.
My favorite public servant is:
Darren Caveney

Dan Slee's Blog

POST CRISIS: Being an Informal Whistleblower Should be Part of the Job Description

Posted on August 31, 2014 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

So now ‘Rotherham’ is doomed to enter the lexican of towns long shadowed by failure.

It is a town where 1,400 girls were abused between 1997 and 2013 and where a report pointed the finger of blame for failing to do enough to stop the attacks at Rotherham Borough Council and South Yorkshire Police.

Times journalist Andrew…

Continue

THE HORROR: The Four Stages of Comms Facepalm

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

We’ve all been there working in comms, marketing, web and PR… the ridiculous request that gets made of you that is dafter than a box of frogs.

A request or a comment so ludicrous, so inane and so lacking in common sense that it takes all your considerable being to stop yourself from tipping over the desk and shouting loudly: “But that’s just……

Continue

Communications Tip: Why You Need to Challenge Like a Three-Year-Old

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 1:30am 0 Comments

I’ve blogged about the need to be the grit in the oyster in comms and PR and to the need challenge.

That scheme the chief executive has? It’s going to fail and you need to diplomatically warn them.

That elected member who…

Continue

How to Do Authentic Frontline Social Media

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 2:00am 0 Comments

With social media dedicated frontline people can brilliantly provide a human face to champion the work an organisation is doing.

Morgan Bowers, Walsall Council’s senior countryside ranger, is a pioneer of this approach and has worked to innovate around how people outside the comms team in the public sector can do to really connect with people.

Seeing what she does blows away any institutional objections…

Continue

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