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Corporate Communications, the McKinsey Way – from Storylining to Board Papers

Team Neosi is an author on Flevy specializing in Corporate Communications. The team consists of communication specialists with more than 40 years’ combined experience with the top management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company. They have 9 documents available on Flevy:

Structured Thinking 101: Clarity Through Storylines
Clarity is critical in business communication of all kinds, yet difficult to achieve. This document outlines five clear steps that will enable you to clarify your thinking for both yourself and your audience while preparing any kind of communication, from emails through to board papers, complex reports and white papers.

Clarity Toolkit
This toolkit provides a five-step structured thinking process used by blue-chip management consultants to clarify and organise their ideas before they communicate. It also includes a suite of checklists, examples and patterns for the most common forms of business communication from proposals to management updates and board papers regardless of whether they are organised around a series of options, recommendations or alerts to current or future problems.

Progress Report Primer
There is little more embarassing than communicating poorly to your boss–or your boss’s boss. The primer provides principles and templates for preparing management updates using storylining principles developed by blue-chip management consultants.

Inductive and Deductive Storytelling Primer
Learn the principles underpinning inductive and deductive storytelling. This primer includes some simple (embedded) videos and exercises that you can ask your colleagues to complete.

Preparing Powerful Board Papers
This pack will help you clarify and present your argument to your Board by helping you: 1) Understand your Board’s requirements, 2) Map your argument from the top down, 2) Check that your argument works for your audience.

Improving Productivity through Better Working Relationships
This pack provides simple, proven tools that will help you identify your own Work Style and those of your colleagues. Using the Bolton and Bolton Work Styles approach, it provides suggestions for communicating more clearly and working more productively with colleagues of all types.

Clarity Cheat Sheet
This Clarity Cheat Sheet is a quick-reference guide designed to help you create clearer business communication. It will refresh your understanding – and use – of structured thinking techniques developed by blue-chip management consultants.

Clarity: A Leader’s Guide
All of our clients who have introduced structured thinking disciplines to their teams face a similar challenge: ensuring their team members use the techniques after they get back to their desks. This pack outlines simple and proven techniques that you can apply either as a whole. or one at a time, to boost the the likelihood that your team members will put their structured thinking skills into practice.

Clarity Handbook
This handbook will take you through a logical nine-step process that will help you: 1. Crunch (the right) analysis (so you have useful data to work with), 2. Clarify your thinking (so you know what you are really recommending), and 3. Communicate your message (so you can get “it” out of your head into someone else’s).

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