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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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
The Pre-emptive Close – What happens if a decision-maker appears to take sides in a controversial consultation?
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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
The true cost of re-organisations – Stakeholder relations are a major casualty of regular reorganisations
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…Read more