I left the BBC many years ago, but they emailed me last week with an update of what's going on in the organisation, invited me to some staff events, and also asked me
Last week I had a chat with an agency leader frustrated that one of her team members was leaving. But then she admitted there was an element of relief too, because the person
Bad leaders want to be popular, shying away from bad news. Good leaders know that trust is the currency of leadership, not popularity.
Making risks more visible to make them part of regular conversation The recent Covid-19 pandemic took most people and organisations by surprise, including most of the UK public sector. "It's a black swan
When the government wants to pretend it's buying more from British small businessesIn 2015, Matt Hancock claimed the government would spend £1 in every £3 with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) by 2020.
It was in 2017 that I first stumbled on the data that made a mockery of government press releases and ministerial claims about the growth in business awarded to SMEs. I've detailed the
'£1 in every £3 government spends will be with small businesses by 2020' looks like the kind of snappy attractive claim someone could put on the side of a bus. It's the
Dull old procurement has never been in the news so much, for so many of the wrong reasons. This post introduces a 'box set' of blogs examining the issues, particularly regarding public sector digital and SMEs
We don't really do normal sales or marketing, but we do like to play the Fool on issues we care about and things that matter. This is our April Fool's Day story.
Any new approach to governance needs to meet the needs and expectations of stakeholders. What do they actually think?
Our series on improving oversight of public sector digital projects continues by examining what we’re trying to achieve
Introducing a new series in which we try to find a sustainable and credible way to enable good agile governance
Here’s a simple spreadsheet you can use to understand the financial health of your own agency
We use a ‘beyond budgeting’ approach to get a true view on what the future holds in our business.
An at-a-glance way to see if finances are healthy & balanced
Money is not the meaning of life, but it is oxygen to a business. Here’s how finances work in a professional services company.
The government has quietly released new data on spend with SMEs — and it‘s not good news
For productive knowledge-work we need to be more mindful about where we and our colleagues do our best work