In the latest Chuck Chats! interview, I talk with Alan Oram, creative director at Alive With Ideas and a past guest of ICology. I also co-created the Periodic Table of Internal Communication with Alan and the Alive team. Though we've done all of this work together, we've never met face to face. One day that will happen. But in the mean time, enjoy this chat.
Here are some of my favorite takeaways from Alan's chat...
While we try and make a statement with the things that we create for ourselves it’s not appropriate to do this all the time. The approach needs work in context of what the goal of the communication is.
On communicators facing challenges with creativity
Simplifying a message and distilling it back to it’s bare bones is a big challenge. Getting absolute clarity is tricky as things move fast and there tends to be various stakeholders who are all coming at things from their own perspectives with their own agendas.
On expanding creativity for communicators
Sometimes people spend too long looking for the reasons why we can’t be more creative and not enough time seeing what they can get away with.
On the topic of forgiveness versus permission
There’s a fine line between bravery and stupidity. Find out where the line is and step over from time to time. I’d rather be asking for forgiveness but pick that moment. Perhaps doing something weird and wonderful around a restructure when people are concerned about their jobs isn’t the right time so pick a moment that’s not so heavy and push your boundaries.
You can check out the full interview, along with the rest of the Chuck Chats! series.