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Ancient Knights and Medieval Money: Why We Shouldn’t Give Up on Our Brilliant Ideas

To many of us, the idea of medieval knights of old conjures up images of a far-gone Golden Age where gracious courtly romance, sacred spiritual morality and gallant adventure ruled the day, and ancient wizards with long white beards dwelled beside bejewelled warrior kings.

What it probably doesn’t conjure up is an image of… banking. But those of us who regularly stop by ATMs, make monetary transfers, or simply seek a safer place to store our dough than down the back of the sofa have to extend our gratitude all the way back to the 12th Century – where an idea was sparked that would change economic history forever.

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Associate IC Professional

H&H is a multi-award winning Internal Communications agency with offices in Hull and London. We’re recognised and chosen because of our high level of strategic thinking, as well as our exceptionally creative approach.  We excel in developing innovative and creative ways to inform, connect and engage employees with organisational culture, strategies and programmes of change.

We work with amazing clients and have an impressive collection of industry awards for our approach and results. As you might expect – the pace is fast, the projects diverse and the challenges, challenging!

Our client list is growing fast and we’re looking…

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Hello, I’m a Robot: How Technology is Changing Remote Working

We’re sure you’ve heard of Siri. Familiar with Sat-Nav. You’ve probably even heard mention of Pokémon Go. But what you probably haven’t heard much about is the ability to transplant your head onto the body of a robot, so that you can literally roll around on wheels.

Okay we’ll admit, we’re exaggerating a bit there. While science hasn’t yet thrust us into the era of Doctor Who-esque Cyberman technology, the latest fusion of robotics and augmented reality has given rise to a new development in the world of work, which allows us to literally ‘become’ robots.

The new telepresence Beam machines – developed by tech…

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Coffee - The Key to Creativity?
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The Doctor is Out: Why We Prefer Things we’re Familiar with
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In case you hadn’t heard, last week it was announced that Britain’s most famous police box will be seeing a change of owner at the end of the year. That’s right, Peter Capaldi is stepping down as Doctor Who – and the quest is on to find a new face for our long-beloved Time Lord.

The hunt for a new Doctor Who never fails to whip the country into a frenzy. After 53 years, 827 episodes and 13 Doctors, the debate on who will play Who still enraptures fans.

But as exciting as the build-up is, the new Doctor isn’t always welcomed with open arms. Many people shrugged their shoulders at Capaldi, controversially focus…

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Communicating Change Series: Chapter Three

This is the third article in a nine-part series exploring all aspects of organisational change. We explore the growing workplace problem, change fatigue, and how you can prevent it from confining change processes to the scrapheap. Click here to download.


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Coffee - The Key to Creativity?

Did you have a cup of coffee when you arrived at work this morning? Hands up if you did. On second thoughts, don’t actually put your hands up – you might attract some funny looks – but we can give a pretty good guess.

For most of us, morning coffee consumption is a workday ritual. We sometimes can’t function without it. It prepares us for the hectic day ahead, and we’re now so dependent on it that we’re drinking much more of it than ever before – 55 million cups a day to be precise. That’s a ‘latte’ coffee (get the pun?), and in fact, our very Britishness is under threat – since we now drink more coffee tha…

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To Sleep, or Not to Sleep?
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What Can our Feathered Friends Teach us about Communication?

Last weekend was the Big Garden Birdwatch, and we were all encouraged to grab some bird food and binoculars in the aim of studying UK bird populations so we can find ways to help them thrive and survive.

And why not? Birds are pretty awesome, after all. They’re pest controllers, pollinators, and rather less endearingly, roadkill guzzlers, helping to keep our world clean. And who doesn’t love the sound of a birdsong in the morning? They’re certainly not the nightmarish beasts a certain 1963 movie made them out to be (well, unless you’re at the seaside, eating chips, surrounded by starving seagulls). But perhaps the most surprising…

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To Sleep, or Not to Sleep?

Have you ever woken up and thought, ‘what I wouldn’t do for another five minutes’ shut-eye!’? To slumber on, like… well, Sleeping Beauty. We all know the story: Princess catches a 100-year-long nap, and is only awoken by a handsome prince, with whom lives happily ever after…

100 years of sleep! It seems an impossible luxury. Well, maybe 100 years is a bit OTT – but perhaps just a little more is what we all might be looking for! Getting so wrapped up in our endless to-do lists, we often forget to take the time to even wind down, let alone leave ourselves to the realm of the Sandman.

Why are we so hesitant to switch off…

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Product Account Manager (PRINT®)
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Role:  Product Account Manager (PRINT®)
East Yorkshire

PRINT® is the next-generation personal Insights tool that’s built to deliver serious business results.

It has an impressive track record of enabling organisations to gain acceptance to change or achieve genuine transformation in their people-based productivity.  Developed in the USA, PRINT delivers tangible personal and organisational success.  We’re now looking for someone to lead the growth of PRINT in the UK market.  

You’ll be responsible for creating plans and activities to support its development, s…

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New Year, New Me: How to Make Goals You Can Actually Achieve

So 2017 is in full swing, and many of us will be well into living up to our New Year’s Resolutions (or not!). Some of them will be pretty serious, and some may be a bit weird – or if you’re pushing the boat out, perhaps just plain bonkers.

‘I’ll try to perform stunts with my car on the local bridges’, or ‘I’ll learn what the word “resolution” means’. And yes – those last two are actually real.

Either way, whatever challenge you’ve set yourself for the year ahead, we wish you luck with it! But all the annual chit-chat about New Year’s Resolutions got us thinking – why do we make them in the first…

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Hull City of Culture 2017: Celebrating Our City, and Its People

Happy New Year! Yes, we’ve waved the rollercoaster of 2016 out the back door and welcomed 2017 through the front. We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to see what the new year brings!

And while for many of us the celebration of the onset of a new year ends as the sun sets on the 1st of January, here in Hull we’re gearing up for a monumental year-long celebration – as we officially take the podium as the UK’s City of Culture 2017!

We can’t wait to share the hidden gems our great city has to offer. It’s going to be jam-packed with music, theatre, art, film and many more events, acclaiming the vibrant life which…

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Creating a Christmas Culture
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Creating a Christmas Culture
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It’s officially only 5 sleeps ‘till Christmas, so we expect that you’ll be well on your way to basking in the Christmas Spirit – either metaphorically or literally! But what exactly is Christmas Spirit? Excessive cheer? Lashings of laughter? Carols round the Christmas tree? Three sheets to the wind, without a care in the world?

Believe it or not, behavioural psychologists have actually defined it in terms of four specific criteria: Bonhomie, Gay Abandon, Ritual, and Shopping.

In other words, you’re truly in the Christmas Spirit if you’re experiencing cheerful camaraderie; without …

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National Christmas Jumper Day
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Just in case you haven’t noticed - it’s nearly Christmas! And as a special treat, today we can all rejoice in style (or not) by celebrating National Christmas Jumper Day. We wonder just how many of you have embraced this incredible opportunity to wear the ugliest knitwear you can find?

Apart from offending the sensitivities of any lurking style gurus, there is actually a good charitable reason for donning the jumper. Save The Children want us to ‘Make the World Better with a Sweater.’ And why not?

But National Christmas Jumper Day is also a chance for us to lighten up the mood a little and have a laugh or two (e…

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Problematic Pastry: Tame Challenges vs Wicked Problems
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Friday the 9th of December 2016 celebrated National Pastry Day (we’re not joking – it’s a thing), and since Christmas is creeping ever closer we thought we’d give you an early present: a mince-pie-themed thought experiment! It’s pastry and Christmas all in one neat little treat!

First, imagine that every Christmas you make a point of going to the exact same café at the exact same time every day to buy a mince pie as a little snack. You’ve had this routine for years, and you’ve no plans to deviate from it any time soon.

But one day, you find that the worst possible thing has happened – the mince pies are c…

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‘Bah Humbug, Bond!’: Why James Bond's M is the Best Leader, and Why Scrooge is the Worst
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Pursuing Happy Workplaces: What’s the Secret to Finding Happiness?
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Bah Humbug, Bond! Why James Bond's M is the Best Boss to Work for, and why Scrooge is the Worst

If you had to work for a fictional boss, who would it be? We’re spoiled for choice – there’s the infamous David Brent, the erratic Willy Wonka, and the compassionate Michael Bluth, to name just a few. Some are great, others not so great, and some are downright dastardly – but now they’ve been definitively ranked.

A recent survey of over 120 HR professionals has revealed that (drumroll please!) the best fictional boss to work for would be James Bond’s feisty boss M, and the worst would be the selfish Grinch Ebenezer Scrooge.

We don’t know about you, but those results got us thinking for a moment. Sure, it’s easy to s…

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