For me, good communication depends on building emotional connections and considering the feelings of others, as well their need for information. It requires a balanced conversation with the right verbal and non-verbal communications, listening, and a respect for differences of opinion.
From 1-5 June 2016, one of the directors of Serekinti, Daniel Schraibman, ran and walked most of the Offa’s Dyke Trail in aid of the British Red Cross. He started in Chepstow on the Bristol Channel and finished on Moel Famau, the highest mountain in the Clwydian Range. This involved running and walking around 35 miles per day for the first four days in blisteringly hot conditions with around 26,000 feet of ascent. Unfortunately, a repeated ankle sprain meant that he only managed to do 20 miles on the final day before having to retire. Continue Reading
This month is the 10th anniversary of the fire at the Buncefield Oil Terminal near London. The explosion that started the fire was the largest in peacetime Europe, measured 2.4 on the Richter scale and could be heard as far away as The Netherlands. Thankfully, no-one was killed as the incident took place early on a Sunday morning and so the busy industrial estate opposite the site was almost deserted.
The terminal was majority-owned and operated by Total, with Chevron owning a minority stake. I was part of the Chevron in-house team that managed the communications in the immediate aftermath of the incident, and helped to protect the company’s reputation during the official investigation and legal cases that followed.