This might seem odd for someone who works predominantly on his own, but I’ve been giving some thought recently to what makes a good team. Specifically, I’ve been wondering whether we perhaps tend to establish teams of people who all have similar backgrounds, when in fact we should strive for more diversity of skills, experience and mindset. And on the whole, I’m with diversity. Even if it makes it more difficult for teams to work… erm, well… as a team. Continue reading
I’m delighted to announce that ‘Benchmarking analysis: Accountancy in local government’, a guide that I have written for the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has now been published.
This publication lifts the lid on CIPFA’s successful benchmarking service and provides valuable insight into the current state of local authority accountancy and finance services across the United Kingdom.
Nobody likes an Eeyore. When we’re planning new projects, it’s tempting for team members to focus on the positives and to gloss over all of the things that could go wrong. So when the inevitable does hit the fan, it can come as somewhat of a surprise. But what if we could think about project risks without looking as if we’re trying to jinx the whole thing? And what if we could benefit from 20:20 hindsight right at the start? Welcome to the world of prospective hindsight and the project pre-mortem. Continue reading
The result of several months of study and coaching practice, this qualification has helped me to develop valuable skills, which I look forward to using in my consulting practice.
A big thank you to all who helped me along the way, including those hardy souls who graciously allowed me to provide them with coaching support in achieving their own professional and career goals.
I’ve been doing quite a lot of work recently on benchmarking. Not just looking at one particular organisation, but at a number of organisations across the public sector. And what has struck me is not how similar they are, but rather how different. Despite all fulfilling a similar role, they each approach this role in their own way. Continue reading