Like much of the public and not-for-profit sectors, several of my clients are currently faced with the difficult choice of which worthy projects and activities are to benefit from their financial support. And as the amount of money available goes down, the decisions get harder. In such cases, it’s vital to have a robust and defensible way of determining which ideas we support and which we have, regrettably, to let slide. Continue reading
As we make our way steadily into the new year, most of us will have an idea of what we would have like to have achieved by the time Christmas comes around again. It seems like we have all the time in the world. Yet as the year progresses, our grand plans so often get lost in the mass of other ‘stuff’ that accumulates as the months progress. This annual cycle of planning and doing might have worked well when we were all farmers, tied to the rhythm of the seasons. But is it still the best way to get things done? Continue reading
As we make a start on the new year, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of my past, present and future clients, their loved ones and everyone else, too, health, happiness and all good things for 2014. May all your troubles be small ones. Here’s looking forward to a great year.
Director, Sockmonkey Consulting
Typhoon Haiyan was 300 miles across when it struck the Philippines on the 8th of November and was one of the most intense tropical storms to ever make landfall anywhere in the world. It brought torrential rain, sustained winds of over 195mph and a storm surge of up to 30 feet that devastated coastal areas.
There are millions of people who have been affected, including hundreds of thousands who have been forced from their homes. There are countless dead. Those who have survived now need urgent help including emergency shelter, clean water and food.
Sockmonkey Consulting is supporting the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Philippines typhoon appeal. If you are able to add your support, too, then please visit the DEC website or phone the donations hotline on 0370 60 60 900.
In these times of austerity, there’s a greater focus than ever on how much things cost. I’m working with several of my public sector clients, for example, to help them to work out the cost of the services they provide and to use this information to make better decisions. The same is true across the commercial sector, where lower costs equal higher profits. Except that they don’t always. Not in the big scheme of things. Continue reading