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Parkinson’s Law – Does this 1950’s theory apply to consultations?

September 4, 2006 By Tuesday Topic

When C. Northcote Parkinson first mooted his theory in the pages of the Economist in the mid-1950s, could he perhaps have foreseen how relevant it might be to 21st century…

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In Place of the Soap Opera – Consultation is an excellent way to focus on the real issues

September 4, 2006 By Tuesday Topic

Media coverage of recent events has hardly broken new ground, but it may have reminded readers and viewers how focused we have all become on personalities. True, there is discussion…

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In Place of the Soap Opera Consultation is an excellent way to focus on the real issues

September 4, 2006 By Tuesday Topic

Consultation is an excellent way to focus on the real issues Media coverage of recent events has hardly broken new ground, but it may have reminded readers and viewers how…

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Fling out the Flipchart? – Is "brainstorming" becoming an over-used consultation technique?

September 4, 2006 By Tuesday Topic

Picture the setting! A motley collection of worthies, no doubt intended to be representative but more likely to be wonderfully atypical and idiosyncratic – are gathered together and earnestly apply…

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The Pre-emptive Close – What happens if a decision-maker appears to take sides in a controversial consultation?

September 4, 2006 By Tuesday Topic

The Prime Minister had a bad press the other day! Nothing new in that you may say: but the occasion for criticism might have raised a few eyebrows among those…

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On the Ball…..! – A Focus on Fun points the way towards popular public engagement

September 4, 2006 By Tuesday Topic

A few days ago, one of the more popular Radio Stations invited a Church of England Vicar to talk about the special prayer he had published. In essence this was…

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Substance and Spin – Recent events hold lessons for soccer fans – and others!

September 4, 2006 By Tuesday Topic

  Okay, if the fate of the World Cup had reflected the quality of the merchandising rather than the quality of the football, we might have won……! Yet again, there…

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From Hi-Text to Hi-Touch – The retreat from documentary consultation is not without its problems

September 4, 2006 By Tuesday Topic

One of the most obvious trends in public participation is the movement away from the traditional form of written consultation. Time was when the consultative process meant one of two…

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The true cost of re-organisations – Stakeholder relations are a major casualty of regular reorganisations

September 4, 2006 By Tuesday Topic

There is a famous quotation, attributed to Petronius, which talks about the military being organised in teams, and laments that he was to learn from experience that we tend to…

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