Telling better stories

A while back, I had the good fortune to visit the vast cave complex at Lascaux in southwestern France. But these are no ordinary caves. They are famed throughout the world for their beautiful display of paleolithic cave paintings, created by our ancestors over 17,000 years ago. These paintings tell the stories of what life was life. How these early humans lived. How they survived. And how they died. Continue reading

This changes everything

If you’re anything like me, you haven’t had a lot of sleep in the last few days. The result of last week’s referendum has come as a shock to many – if not all – of us. Our government is in disarray. The opposition appears to be tearing itself apart. And it is far from clear what is going to happen next.

It will take time for us to understand the ramifications of Thursday’s decision. Leaving the European Union will present massive challenges to all organisations delivering public services. And it is still too early to know what the specific impacts will be.

But there are things that we need to do right away. Continue reading

Some thoughts on risk

I’ve been spending a not inconsiderable amount of time recently thinking about risk. This is partly because it’s an issue I’ve been working on with some of my clients. And it’s partly because I’ve had to prepare various risk assessments for things I do in my free time. (Yes, I know. I lead such an exciting life…) But it’s helped me to refine my ideas about what risk is and how we assess and manage it. Continue reading

Sockmonkey supports local charities

As regular visitors to my website will know, 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

Trying something new

I read with interest the other day that a number of Dutch municipalities are introducing a pilot scheme in which a small group of benefits claimants will receive a ‘basic income’ of about £650 a month. Nothing novel there, I’d admit. But what’s interesting is that, if these individuals are in work or manage to get a job, then they will be allowed to keep any additional money that they make. Continue reading