We are Russell-Olivia Brooklands. And yes, you did just read that right.
We have a rare medical condition which means our physiology functions better when we use the plural. And if that seems like a weird thing to mention at the top of a business biog, it’s also relevant.
It’s thanks to our distinctive neuro-divergence that we’re able to add value to IC practice in ways other folk seem to miss.
Neuro-divergence can make IC better
If you look at this site’s self-assessment pages you’ll see a series of blind-spots which are have a huge impact on the effectiveness of IC. Some are more obvious than others, but plenty seem to have escaped the notice of almost everyone.
So, having a body-mind system that’s slightly beyond the norm means we can add value to your day-to-day life and long term career in a way no one else can.
Leading a double life
Ever since leaving our role as one of Zurich Insurance’s Corporate Brand Managers in 1996 we’ve been living an extraordinary double life.
On the one hand we’ve been working as a specialist IC consultant, trainer and thought-leader.
We’ve been working with blue-chip companies (like GSK, BP and Airbus) and major national and international government bodies (such as GCHQ, the UN and the European Central Bank). And our work has always enabled them to up their IC game.
We were also one of the founding Directors of the Institute of Internal Communication.
Healing the incurable
The other side to our life has been consumed with healing late-onset Tourette’s syndrome. It’s still considered an incurable medical condition. But after 25 years of work, we’ve managed to heal ourselves. (The ‘we’ thing proved a necessary part of that process.)
We’re currently completing the documenting of our healing journey, which we hope to have published. (If you’re curious, the prologue is here.)
Serving you as no one else can
Now we’re fully healed we’re more excited than ever to be able to help organisations to run increasingly well, with the DFVP Internal Communication practices we’ve spent a quarter of a century perfecting.