As a community it is good to have a few guidelines on how to use the space.The first guideline is Respect. Respect the other members of this site, their time, their sensibility, and their point of view.Let’s focus on sharing experience rather than opinion. What can we learn from each others experience – both good and bad that will help our own future actions?
Let everyone’s voice be heard. Remember not everyone has English as a first language, and others may not have been thinking about the issue under discussion for as long as you. Let’s listen, first to understand the others perspective, and then to learn. We can always learn from the experience of others if we listen carefully enough.
In “No More Consultants”, we referred to the “River Diagram” as a way to visualise the range of capabilities in an organisation. Click here to download an Excel Chart Template for Excel 2007, which will generate a River Diagram from a simple spreadsheet table formatted like the one below.
You’ll need to save the chart template .crtx file in /AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/Templates/Charts
Then select the table of data, generate a chart (any chart will do), before selecting “Change Chart Type” from the ribbon, and selecting the new template from the “Templates” folder. (This is all easier than it sounds!)
In ‘No More Consultants we use ‘Effective Meetings’ as an example to assess ourselves on. You can download the Effective Meetings.doc template here.
Here is a self-assessment framework we use with organisations for assessing strengths in Knowledge Management.
Flu Pandemic Preparedness
The International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) has recently developed a self-assessment framework for Flu Pandemic Preparedness. It is being tested for neighbourhoods and communities to assess their readiness to deal with a pandemic. Given the current Swine flu pandemic you may find it useful. You’ll find the framework here.
Videos and animations
Royal College of Nursing article on NHS spend on External ConsultantsQuangos spend £350m on outside consultantsCivil servants and ministers spend £1billion on consultants