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The latest from the-thread’s thinkers, strategists and experts

How To Ask Better Questions (And Really Listen To The Answers)

Last month, we explored what we mean by connection, and how it can change what we believe and how we behave. Now, the first step towards making those moments of connection happen… what’s the best way to uncover that insight that changes everything? This month, we discover how to trace the thread of connection. Read more

Why connection matters

The need to feel connected is part of what makes us human. For businesses, it’s essential to keeping employees engaged and helping them to perform and collaborate at their best. But how do we define connection in the context of work, culture and communication? What happens in the moment we first connect with a new idea, concept or person? Laura House explores this and more in the first of our content series focusing on the thread of connection. Read more

Unhitching the wagon: what waving goodbye to my co-founder has taught me

A thoughtful piece from our founder Laura House as she shares her experiences on what happens when the person who founded the company with you, leaves. As we bid Naomi Goodman a fond farewell, we're grateful for everything she brought to the-thread and wish her love, luck and success for the future. Now it's time for a new chapter...and new adventures! Read more

How can leaders rebuild trust in an age of corruption?

The degree to which we can trust our leaders is always a hot topic - some weeks more than others. Co-founder Laura House shares a few thoughts on what's most important for leaders to get right to rebuild trust in tenuous times. Read more

the-thread publishes white paper on the value of belonging

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The Connectionnaire…with Bobbie Bergin

Balancing the challenges of financial services with being a father of five and revealing a surprising passion for country music - read all about Bobbie, our next Connects speaker... Read more

The Connectionnaire…with Caroline Ward

Caroline Ward, Head of Culture and Communication at Slater & Gordon, answers our five crucial connection questions... Read more

Change fatigue has spiked – but change is mission-critical right now

Almost overnight, COVID-19 changed the world. To survive, organisations had to adapt at a pace few had experienced before. In 2021, the global stage is set for continued transformation, but many employees are feeling overwhelmed, burnt-out and longing for a return to the old normal. So, what’s the solution? Read more

Join us for the first ‘the-thread Connects’ of 2021

Join our exclusive community of peers, as we start the year tackling the issues that matter most, at the-thread Connects Read more

Leading through a screen: part two

In the second part of our series on how to support senior leaders in becoming more digitally savvy, we explore how to help the C-suite find their online style, and most importantly, develop the right mindset for success. Read more

Leading through a screen: part one

As online working becomes the norm, senior leaders are feeling the pressure to up their social media game and become truly digitally savvy – but for many, this doesn’t come naturally... Read more

The Connectionaire: Let’s #getconnected with Markus Leutert

We all know that as professionals our network matters, but as humans we’re wired for connection. So, let us introduce you to The Connectionaire; our opportunity to get to know the person behind the profession... Read more

Planning a podcast? Here are three to inspire.

With one in eight of us tuning in every week, podcasting isn't going anywhere. Here we share some inspiration from three of the best. Read more

Why ‘comms MOT’ should move up your to-do list

It’s time to put on your overalls, get out your WD40 and take a peek under the bonnet of your organisation’s communications. Or let the-thread do it for you... Read more

Is digital white noise drowning out your communication?

Back in 1941, the writer CS Lewis said "If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work." If that was what he thought then, he'd be despairing now. Read more

Three reasons why ‘what’s in it for me?’ isn’t always the right question to drive change.

Unpopular opinion alert! ‘What’s in it for me?’ has long been the go-to question when trying to influence employees’ desire for change. Whilst we agree that this is sometimes the right approach; sometimes, what they most want to know is ‘How can I help?’. Here are three reasons why: Read more

Home-working, Jane Austen-style

As schools open fully for the first time since March, I hope I’m not oversharing if I say that, at times, the last few months have felt like a bit of a slog. But a recent family trip to the Jane Austen museum made consider whether actually, it's time to think differently about my home office/laundry room/pet-feeding zone... Read more

Is it time to rethink employee resilience?

As employees globally adapt to a new way of working for the longer-term, is it resilience they need or a new response to change? Read more

Staying connected within a hybrid working model

Here are five things to think about if your goal is to ensure a hybrid working model contributes to, rather than saps, your company’s culture. Read more