Monthly Archives: November 2010

Why? Because it says so in the policy manual!

This week, it’s the Redundant Public Servant’s turn to tell us what he’d like to change about HR. To the point, as usual, he lays into HR, and to other managers in his organisation, for slavishly sticking to processes, even … Continue reading

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A warning from Gartmore – losing talent could mean losing your business

‘People are our greatest asset’ is one of those clichés that chief executives repeat at conferences or in the annual report but, more often than not, don’t really believe. For many companies, though, their assets really are in the heads … Continue reading

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Can private sector bosses help the government make savings?

According to the Independent, Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell is planning to ask business leaders for help with downsizing government departments and identifying those ever elusive efficiency savings. The government is refusing to say who the private sector bosses are … Continue reading

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I tell you it was all a frame…..

Guy Hands has lost his fight with Citigroup. I didn’t buy the story about a seasoned buyer and seller of companies being duped into taking on a basket-case by a slippery investment banker, and neither did the New York court. Not that EMI … Continue reading

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Should the public sector sack ’em more often?

It’s too hard to sack people in the public sector. That, at least, was the suggestion made in the Radio 4 programme Sack ‘Em earlier this week. The BBC had used Freedom of Information requests to show that very few people get … Continue reading

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Another good reason to keep interest rates low

Former Bank of England economist Danny Gebay has warned that many British households are being kept afloat by low interest rates and that a rate rise could cause a large number of them to default. The problem, he says, is that banks have “lent … Continue reading

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Serco’s letter – a PR cock-up but not a disaster

You may recall that, back in July, the government called its twenty biggest suppliers into a meeting and asked them to share the pain of the public spending cuts by reducing their prices, even where contracts have been agreed. Inevitably, … Continue reading

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