Category transformation

IT’S ONLY WORDS, AND WORDS ARE ALL I HAVE

There are very few days of my working life when I don’t find myself in the middle of a conversation far too similar to this Thick Of It sketch about the ‘quiet bat people’. This very week, a Head of Service asked that I changed some innocent wording in a report because he felt some […]

GUEST BLOG: VALUE OF CURIOSITY IN LEADERSHIP

What…how can we run an event on this topic? Was my first reaction when I found out that we were to organise an event on ‘The Value of Curiosity in Leadership’. BDO Healthcare Advisory and The Centre for Health Enterprise are running a series of seminars this year to provide a platform for continuing debate […]

BUT I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THOSE TOSSED SALADS AND SCRAMBLED EGGS

One of my colleagues came in this morning and hid chocolate eggs all over the office in the hope that it would spark an easter egg hunt and get us all into the bank holiday spirit. At lunchtime she realised that we were all still tied to our desks, and the eggs were still untouched […]

WHEN I’M 64

One of the announcements in yesterday’s budget was that the care cap recommended in the Dilnot report will be introduced in 2016 rather than 2017. It will cap care costs at £72,000 (rather than the £35,000 Dilnot had recommended) and will raise the threshold for the means test on residential care from just over £23,000 […]

Somebody else’s money?

Following on from the publication last year of our report on social investment, several of our clients are now beginning to consider whether a Social Impact Bond could be an effective way of financing innovative models of service delivery. Essex County Council is leading the way for testing Social Impact Bonds (or SIBs) in local […]

Can’t buy me (well, consultants) love

Consultants are used to getting flack, it comes with the territory, but today I read an article which I thought was unduly negative about the role that consultants can play in public sector reform. This article highlighted the appointment of Paul Rogers, a managing partner of US firm Bain & Company, to the Department for […]

GUEST BLOG: IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN

…but it’s worth it if you want to save money and do your bit for the environment. The public sector could cut 25% from heating and lighting bills with no upfront costs. So why is it doing so little to improve energy efficiency? Our little boy Marcus won’t eat green vegetables. His mother and I […]

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