Monthly Archives: February 2011

Should pay over £250k be subject to corporation tax?

Yesterday, the TUC called for all remuneration over £250k to be paid directly out of company profits and not offset against a company’s corporation tax liabilities. At present, all remuneration is viewed as an operating cost and so it reduces a … Continue reading

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The King’s Speech – a case study in consulting to the powerful

I finally saw the King’s Speech last night. Though the film’s historical accuracy has been called into question by some it is still a good story. As a case study in consulting to the powerful it is excellent. Anyone who is involved in … Continue reading

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Civil servants pessimistic about managers’ change skills

My good friend Doug Shaw reflects on the results of the Civil Service staff survey: What did they tell us? Well for starters 32% believe “I have the opportunity to contribute my views before decisions are made that affect me”. A … Continue reading

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More nonsense about frontline services

Almost as soon as Manchester announced its spending cuts, ministers swung into action, heaping the blame on cynical councillors and inefficient managers. “This is a cynical move by a Labour council, which is intentionally cutting front-line services,” said local government … Continue reading

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Can the public sector bridge the gap between expectations and delivery?

I said in January that 2011 would be the year we find out what the cuts really mean. the people of Manchester have woken up this morning to the announcement of a £109 million cuts programme and increased charges for many … Continue reading

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Can management ever be truly evidence-based?

Evidence-based management has been making headway in recent years. I first wrote about this three years ago after some conversations with my former tutor Rob Briner, who is an enthusiastic advocate. If more managers are looking for evidence before introducing something new to their organisations, … Continue reading

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Would it matter if the City went abroad?

“Could the UK live without the City?” asks Newsnight’s Paul Mason. This is a question many have asked since the financial crisis. The UK suffered disproportionately from the crisis and the resulting recession. Would we be better off if we didn’t have … Continue reading

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Thanks to all my wonderful readers

Those nice folks at WordPress have sent me a report on this blog’s visits during 2010. I’m not one to wave numbers around because blog dick-measuring is even more pathetic than salary dick-measuring. Even so, I was pleasantly surprised by the … Continue reading

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Why are public sector efficiency savings so hard? (Part 3 – The politics)

This is the third of a series of posts. Part 1 discussed public sector processes and how difficult it can be to make them more efficient. Part 2 looked at the organisational factors which often act as obstacles to change. The picture … Continue reading

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More great events from West London CIPD

Firstly, a big thank-you to Jon Ingham for an excellent event last week. We had a room full of HR people blogging and tweeting away and a number of people were introduced to the delights of social media for the first … Continue reading

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