About Simon Perks

Writer, trail runner, hill walker, astronomer, kayaker, paddleboarder, photographer, nerd, tea drinker, lover of the sea, labrador wrangler

Strategic planning when anything could happen

Long-term planning in the world as it stands at the moment might seem like a bit of a mug’s game. But that’s not because things change. Change, after all, is to be expected. Rather, it’s because everything’s changing. And it’s changing a lot. We can’t take anything for granted any more. This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t bother with long-term plans, though. It just means that we need to approach them in a different way.

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Hot off the press

The latest issue of the Sockmonthly, my monthly newsletter, is hot off the press. With talk of business models, webinars, climate change… and penguins! Read it now. And if you like what you see, sign up here to get the next issue direct to your inbox. You’ll only hear from me once a month. And I’ll make a donation to a local charity for each new subscriber.

Business models in a changing world

I think I’m in the same boat as pretty much everyone on the planet when I say that this year isn’t turning out quite how I thought it would. And like pretty much everyone else, I also don’t know whether the current crisis represents a temporary diversion from business as usual or a more profound and permanent change. What I do know, though, is that if it turns out to be the latter, some of our organisational business models are going to struggle. And they’ll need to adapt – quickly – if organisations are to survive. Continue reading

Improving financial management in local authorities

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The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has just published the guidance notes to accompany its new Financial Management Code. The guidance notes will help local authorities to improve further the robustness and resilience of their financial management arrangements. And I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to work with CIPFA to prepare them. Continue reading

Improvise, adapt and (hopefully) overcome

As the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK continues, it’s starting to look like our shared efforts are helping to mitigate the impact of the virus. But still the disease has taken, and will continue to take, its heavy toll. I’m heartened, though, by our ability to come together at this time of crisis. By our ability to improvise, to adapt and (hopefully) to overcome. Continue reading