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
Goals are good, right? Practically all organisations set goals for themselves and for their people. Goals for sales. Goals for market share. Goals for personal performance. And not just any goals, of course, but SMART ones. Specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bounded. We all have them. And we all grumble about them. But the question is: should we really be setting goals at all? Continue reading
In addition to being a consultant, I’m also a regular human being. So when I’m not working, I like to spend time on my various hobbies and sporting activities. This includes being a member of several clubs and societies. But even at evenings and weekends, I can’t stop being a consultant, so am constantly on the lookout for ways to make these groups run more smoothly. And over the past few weeks, I’ve come across several issues that are common to many small organisations. Continue reading
Once a month, I spend an afternoon with the lovely people at Voluntary Action North Somerset, providing a free advice ‘clinic’ to local charities and voluntary organisations. One of the questions that has come up several times is ‘What is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation?’. So here’s a quick overview of what this new legal structure is and what it means for anyone thinking about setting up a charity. Continue reading