Are you wondering what guerrilla internal communications is? Have you had a chance to think about what we’re looking for in terms of submissions for The Gorilla Games?
Did you know we have five other esteemed judges, all highly skilled communicators who embody the guerrilla internal communications spirit? It’s time we introduce each one of them to you so you know what they expect from this guerrilla internal communications competition.
Meet The Troop: What Do They Expect From this Guerrilla Internal Communications Contest?
1) Priya Bates
“I like the idea of a contest that allows those passionate about internal communication and the role it can play in organizational success to dream about what is possible.”
You may remember, Priya Bates, from our webinar on leveraging the power of internal comms in an era of disruption.
Based in Toronto, Canada, Priya Bates is an award-winning communication professional and President of Inner Strength Communication. Priya has over 20 years of experience leading communications for organizations including Loblaw Companies Limited, HP Canada, and Compaq Canada.
“I like the idea of a contest that allows those passionate about internal communication and the role it can play in organizational success to dream about what is possible,” Priya says.
And if you’re wondering what Priya is looking to find from the guerrilla internal communications submissions, you should know she values strategic thinking skills.
“What are the business goals you are trying to address? What is the proposed communication solution. How will you deliver a solution that will create sustainable change.”
Keep that in mind when sending your submissions, folks.
2) Silke Brittain
“The Gorilla Games give writers the opportunity to be free of their normal day-to-day constraints and push the boundaries to be revolutionary with their thinking.”
Managing Director of ClearVoice Comms, Silke Brittain from the UK, is another one of our judges. Silke is a highly experienced senior executive with an exceptional record of driving strategic direction and vision, leading global marketing, performance improvement and behaviour change strategies for prestigious, multinational brands.
And now as the Managing Director of ClearVoice Comms, Silke focuses on aligning senior leadership and people with their organisation’s strategy and purpose.
She’s thrilled to be a part of The Gorilla Troop and can’t wait to read some of the creative submissions!
“I would love to see innovative thinking and creativity first and foremost. The Gorilla Games give writers the opportunity to be free of their normal day-to-day constraints and push the boundaries to be revolutionary with their thinking,” she says.
We certainly agree with her on that!
3) Neil Jenkins
“I’ll be looking for submissions that show no sign of the shackles that can hold back our ideas, like time or resourcing.”
Neil Jenkins is another one of our brilliant judges who’s also from the UK and is excited to be a part of The Gorilla Troop. Neil is an award-winning internal communications director and leader with 21 years of experience across FMCG, technology, manufacturing and engineering sectors.
He’s passionate about using the power of communication to get the best out of people, connect them to their organisations and build reputation and trust from the inside out.
“I’ll be looking for submissions that show no sign of the shackles that can hold back our ideas, like time or resourcing. The best entries will be from internal communicators who unleash their inner passion and drive and demonstrate the art of the possible.”
So put on your creative thinking cap and wow this Gorilla Troop with some epic guerrilla internal communications ideas!
4) Ashli Davis
“I will be looking for forward-thinking, creativity and strategy. Internal communications provides endless opportunities to engage, connect and share meaning and purpose to everyone from the CEO to the receptionist.”
Another one of our esteemed judges is Ashli Davis, a Senior Communication, Marketing and Change Strategy Consultant at Type A Consulting in the U.S. Ashli has had demonstrated success in global communication, leadership development, culture, crisis and change management in companies such as The Coca-Cola Company and Deloitte.
Ashli brings a diverse range of experience to the table and that’s why she’s a perfect fit for our guerrilla internal communications judges’ panel
“In submissions, I will be looking for forward-thinking, creativity and strategy. Internal communications provides endless opportunities to engage, connect and share meaning and purpose to everyone from the CEO to the receptionist,” she says.
Internal comms pros, keep that in mind!
5) Jason Anthoine
“This exercise is all about “what if.” What if we did it this way? What if we tried something new? What if we looked at this completely differently? Out of the box, yes. But also, freed from the cage!”
Jason Anthoine, Managing Founder of Audacity: Bold Thinking, At Work, is another passionate internal communicator who’s enthusiastic to be a part of The Gorilla Troop.
He’s also from the U.S. and has 30 years of experience working exclusively in internal communication, culture change and employee engagement to help companies reimagine themselves and make a stand for their employees, their customers, and their shareholders. When we asked Jason what he expects from the entries, this is what he had to say:
“I’m looking forward to seeing what happens when folks are unconstrained by the “what is” they deal with every day. This exercise is all about “what if.” What if we did it this way? What if we tried something new? What if we looked at this completely differently? Out of the box, yes. But also, freed from the cage!”
We couldn’t have worded it better ourselves!
6) Mike Klein
“The reason behind the Gorilla Games is to get a new group of writers and thinkers to get into the game, and to do so from a next practice perspective rather than trying to justify previous work as best practice.”
And last, but not the least, we have Mike Klein. Mike is the Founder of Changing the Terms and is one of the world’s leading internal communication bloggers, who helped us come up with the idea for The Gorilla Games.
“The reason behind the Gorilla Games is to get a new group of writers and thinkers to get into the game, and to do so from a next practice perspective rather than trying to justify previous work as best practice,” he says.
According to Mike, guerrilla internal communications is the ability for internal communicators to take on challenges and unleash their potential when they know they don’t have the finances or when the CEO is least interested in being invested in internal comms.
If you’re wondering what Mike’s expecting when it comes to the essay submissions, check out our interview with him on putting next practice before best practice.
Are you ready to wow us with your guerrilla internal communications submissions? If you want to add to the conversation or have any questions regarding The Gorilla Games, tweet at us with #TheGorillaGames!
Now that you know everything about who the judges are and what they’re looking for, it’s time to put on your guerrilla thinking cap and send us some creative guerrilla entries. Go ahead. Press the button below and blow us away! 👇