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how do we know how good we are as indvidual practitioners?

ok - maybe a bit of an abstract question, but how do we as support providers, advisors and consultants assure ourselves and others as to our value, our quality, that the types of approach we take are appropriate to their needs and culture, and so on.

The easy answer is to cite some accreditaton or testimonial from previous clients, but I have an idea that we could go beyond that and start to report on the impacts of our professional practices to assure customers and clients that…


Added by Adrian Ashton on July 6, 2010 at 4:58am — No Comments

A ‘Grandchildren Standard’ an article on CSR and Sustainability by Warren Levy

I recently read one of the best articles I have ever read on sustainability by Warren Levy the President of Compelling Meetings.

My favourite paragraphs from Warren’s article

Instead, we could optimize for sustainability. A “Grandchildren” standard asks, “What would we do if grandchildren were our principal stakeholder?” This obviously would not satisfy the Icarcists need to soar. However, most investors want… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on July 5, 2010 at 11:20am — No Comments


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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 4, 2010 at 10:40pm — 1 Comment

Strategic audit for 8 critical factors for success in modern business

Strategic audit for 8 critical factors for success in modern business

My past 8 posts have been about my eight critical factors for success in modern business.

To take action on these 8 I suggest you first undertake the following strategic audit:…


Added by Ian Berry on July 3, 2010 at 5:41am — No Comments


Erle Frayne D. Argonza

Magandang umaga! Good morning!…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 30, 2010 at 11:02pm — No Comments

New MFI Financial Reporting Standards need your feedback

The global Microfinance industry has come a long way since 2005 when the current Financial Reporting Standards for Microfinance were developed. As Sanjay Sinah says in his recent Microfinance Focus article,…


Added by Devin McIntire on June 30, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Scientific Costumes, Visions, Worldviews and Mindsets for Revealing Modernity in Africa

Africa is perhaps the most culturally imaginative and creative region in the world. It is extremely diversified, rich in talents and ingenuity with unlimited resources and potential. It has colonized the planet and it enriches humanity through inimitable arts. Yet, one African out of two lives in dismal human conditions. And despite spectacular progress here and there, it also remains profoundly socially and culturally conditioned, corrupted, domesticated and debased by two self-inflicted…


Added by Jacques L. Hamel on June 29, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

LA Get Off Oil Day


Video Coming Soon, meanwhile you can see this "teaser"…


Added by Tamara Henry on June 27, 2010 at 9:36pm — No Comments

Decisions must be made where and when it matters

Everyday decisions:

I believe in an old adage - the devolution of responsibility to those who do the work.

How many times does it happen that you are dealing with someone and need a decision and they have to refer the decision to somebody else? For me this happens far too often and simply illustrates a lack of training, a lack of trust in people, and people being over-managed and under-led.

For all key transaction and interaction points (what Jan… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on June 24, 2010 at 7:29pm — No Comments

Scoping Study/Literature on ICTs, Climate Change and Development

We have recently completed a scoping study that charts strands and trends in the literature on ICTs, climate change and development, and develops an overview model of the key ICT application areas - mitigation, strategy, monitoring and adaptation:…


Added by Richard Heeks on June 24, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments


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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 23, 2010 at 9:55pm — No Comments

When was the last time you gave memorable service?

When was the last time you gave memorable service?

Last week I needed to find out something quickly and I made several phone calls and received very ordinary service from the strangers I was calling. It wasn’t until the 11th call that I received what I would call memorable service.

On this call the person on the other end of the line, again someone who didn’t know me, treated me with respect, really listened to what my challenge was, and went out of her way to help me… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on June 22, 2010 at 6:40pm — No Comments

Caste census: Operational issues or ideological blocks?

The Home Ministry has declared that inclusion of caste in the current census may not be possible because enumeration had already rolled out. The Ministry has citied logistical constraints rather than ideological considerations stating that if deemed necessary, a caste count could be handled by some other agency like the National Commission for Backward Classes rather than being made a part of the decennial census. What does this mean- does it mean moving away from the commitment to establish a… Continue

Added by CSO Partners on June 21, 2010 at 4:17am — No Comments

Structures and systems that fully support people in bringing their best to their work on a consistent basis

There are three primary reasons why great strategies fail to get executed:

1) people are not in the right roles

2) people charged with execution don’t really now what the strategy is

3) strategy has not been personalised by people charged with execution

To change these sad scenarios:

Match people to roles

Often before I undertake a performance improvement project with clients, I review service and product delivery roles from board to… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on June 20, 2010 at 6:40pm — No Comments

Can you describe the strategy for your business growth in six words?

The great writer Ernest Hemingway apparently believed the following to be six of his most powerful words: For Sale: Baby Shoes. Never Worn.

My friend and colleague Kwai Yu, Founder of Leaders Cafe 2020 used these words to start a discussion in the Leaders Cafe group on LinkedIn he called Who are you? Could you tell the 'story of you' in six words?

I was fascinated by the replies and then had an ahha moment - could… Continue

Added by Ian Berry on June 17, 2010 at 8:39pm — No Comments

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