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The Formality Threshold – Process implications and expectations are such that it’s important to recognise when a consultation is formal and when it is not
The telephone rings. “Hello; this is John. Can I pick your brains for a few minutes …..?” Is this consultation? The answer, of course is Yes. This type of informal…Read more
Events…dear boy… – Why so many consultations don’t result in neat and tidy outcomes; and the need to anticipate what else might come along …
Harold Macmillan is quoted as saying “Events … dear boy …”, when asked about the most challenging aspect of being Prime Minister. The same could be said by many consultors,…Read more
Promotional Consultation?? – Is it ever justifiable to use consultation as a means of putting a neglected subject on the public agenda?
The theory is pretty unequivocal. You normally go to consultation where there are decisions to be taken, policies to be adopted or programmes to be developed, and where stakeholder views…Read more
One of the legacies of the 1990’s was revulsion with so-called sleaze and a raft of anti-corruption machinery such as the Nolan Rules. As a result, those who become involved…Read more
Contents Context – 1 Rationale for training investment – 2 Ten Steps: – 5 1 – Review current consultation – 5 2 – Creation of Consultation network – 5 3 – Training Needs Analysis…Read more
Self-defence! – Consultation is like justice. It must not just be done – it must be seen to be done!
The famous Welsh Rugby coach, Carwyn James (famous for his work with the 1971 British Lions) is remembered for once having urged his players to “get your retaliation in first”…Read more
Public consultation is not traditional accountant-territory. Few consultation projects are formally budgeted, and many of the costs involved are normally funded from larger departmental or functional budget allocations. If you…Read more