Learning from others

It’s perhaps an inevitable part of the human condition that, with the exception of a few highly self-aware individuals, we tend to think that we know best. Now it might, of course, be that we do know best when it comes to certain things. But it might equally be the case that we do not. And no matter how skillful or experienced we may be in our own particular fields, I’d wager that there’s always something that we could learn. Continue reading

Internal audit in local government

Last week, I had the great pleasure of being invited to speak at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) internal audit conference in Manchester. With an audience of some ninety or so internal audit professionals, I took this opportunity to speak about the performance of internal audit in local government and to offer my views on emerging trends for auditors and key developments for the future. Continue reading

Understanding the costs and benefits of sharing services

Over the last few months, I’ve been working with Falmouth Exeter Plus, the shared services delivery partner of Falmouth University and the University of Exeter, on an exciting project to measure, analyse and model the costs and benefits of collaboration between UK higher education institutions. Continue reading

Sockmonkey supports local charities

It is my firm view that companies should operate ethically and that they should seek to make a positive contribution to the communities in which they operate. Running my own consultancy practice gives me the opportunity to put these convictions into action. One way in which I do this is through my commitment to donate 10% of the company’s pre-tax profits to support local charities. Continue reading

Think systems, not goals

As the end of the year draws closer, our attention turns inevitably to what we want to achieve in the twelve months to come. It might be a personal goal or a professional one. Or perhaps something for our team. Or for the organisation as a whole. But setting ourselves goals and targets might not, it turns out, be the best way to go at all. Continue reading