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Becoming a Consultation “Whizz-Kid”? – Joking aside, now is the time to recognise the skills and expertise of consultation specialists

December 20, 2004 By

New technology has its ‘internet geeks’; private enterprise calls the young turks with MBAs and suchlike ‘high-flyers’; Chief Executive’s departments have their fair share of ‘policy wonks’; but what do…

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Where more means less – The law of diminishing returns applies to consultation

December 20, 2004 By

One of the hardest parts of consultation is knowing how much to do. County Councils joining the Institute have recently admitted to undertaking hundreds of different consultation exercises. Some have…

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Precision please – Aspects of Community Engagement are often nebulous – but Consultation is a very precise activity.

December 20, 2004 By

Consultation within the public sector – and sometimes in the commercial sector as well – is increasingly being placed in the wider context of community engagement. This expression means many…

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The Ghosts of Consultation – Scrooge sees the past, present and future of Consultation

December 20, 2004 By

Rumour has it that Scrooge lives somewhere in HM Treasury! Seriously, most public bodies have an institutionalised kill-joy ready to shout Bah, Humbug at any form of consultation or public…

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What The Gershon Report means for Consultation

July 20, 2004 By

The Government has published a Report entitled “Releasing resources for the front-line”, an independent review of public sector efficiency prepared by Sir Peter Gershon. According to an independent survey by…

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Consultation – or just another survey? – Surveys can be useful in gathering information – but do not amount to consultation on their own. Don't confuse "Let's do a survey!" with a true commitment to consult!

December 20, 2003 By

Consultation is such a popular idea that the label is increasingly being misused to describe activities which aren’t quite ………. There is already a thin dividing line between some so-called…

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Has Your organisation a consultation culture? – Getting the true benefits of consultation means absorbing new practices and values – amounting to a significant culture change

December 20, 2003 By

Every organisation has its own distinctive culture – a mixture of values and behaviours that characterises its day-to-day activities. Cultures change. Over time they cope with new ideas, changing patterns…

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So many stakeholders ….. so little time….. – Few organisations have yet realised how much effort is needed to manage the ever-growing list of stakeholders

December 20, 2003 By

Comprehensive consultation means getting to grips with the full range of stakeholders. And there are so many of them. Where have they all come from? The truth is that the…

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Don't forget the reindeer! – Consulting the recipients of a service is great ….but remember those who deliver the services as well!

December 20, 2003 By

The Consultation Institute has just discovered a discarded copy of a Best Value Report on Christmas delivery services sub-contracted to a certain S. Claus Ltd ….. We note that the…

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