* Posts by Andy

5 posts • joined 30 Aug 2008

Councils clamp down on Strategy Boutique Newspeak

Andy
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have a look at www.lga.gov.uk

Now have a look at the list of words at : http://www.lga.gov.uk/lga/core/page.do?pageId=1716341

The game is - how many words on the list can you find on the home page of the agency that says don't use the words?

My favourite headline is : Empowering engagement: a stronger voice for older people

Two points. Your turn.

Andy

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CRM, The Credit Crunch, and you

Andy
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Sugarcrm to Dynamics

We use SugarCRM at the moment and it is pretty good - good enough that it convinced us of the areas we wanted to focus on - so we are moving to MS Dynamics which we have available for free as an MS Partner.

As a small company ourselves it was a shock to the system to embrace the linear approach of a CRM (you will do it MY WAY) - but it has definitely made a difference over the last 6 months. We now have sales pipelines for courses, consulting engagements, partners & executive coaching.

The thing that had an even bigger impact on us was dealing with time management. We thought we were good. We are very successful at what we do but there is this leadership development funding available to companies in the UK from train 2 gain.

We called in CGA Management and they ran a course for us and at the end of 1 day we had pulled back 5 hours a week of time. Each. I think that is going to have an even bigger impact on us than the CRM but together it is pretty spectacular!

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AA sniffs out Blighty's best bacon sarnie

Andy
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Oh come on - lets have some integrity in reporting

You don't mention if the bread should be buttered or not for the perfect bacon sarnie.

That's pathetic - and did they investigate the effect of both salted and un-salted butter?

I guess it is true - modern educational establishments really have lost their edge.

Andy

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How successful are business productivity initiatives?

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Skills before tools

Tools are great - but if the people using them don't know what they are doing then nothing is going to improve productivity.

And before we start in on the productivity of the 'workers' how about skilling up the managers & leaders?

I am married to organisational psychologist and I have worked with her on lots of projects where technology (my area) was not the problem - it was getting the fundamental skills in place across the board. How to prioritise, how to organise & most importantly - how to help somebody else get sorted if they are overwhelmed.

Over and over again it is this last one that improves productivity. If you can take a team of people who are swamped and help them plan a way out that gets the job done - then you see huge increases in productivity.

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Psychologist invents new uber-wiki

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Not far enough

I think this is ludicrous. It reminds me of the shaving blade systems - who will be the first to release a ground breaking, revolutionary 12 blade system?

If getting to more detail is better then perhaps each letter should be attributable back to an author? Maybe we should pop a hex editor and allow individual bits to be reviewed.

Lets not be forgetting the punctuation as well. I am sure we have all had fun moving commas around other peoples writing to change the meaning.

As for capitalising sheesh.

I'll be off then.

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