Category Archives: Decreasing costs

Red tape

‘Reducing red tape’ has been a hot topic between not-for-profits and government agencies over the last couple of years. The Western Australian Government has been driving a ‘free market‘ approach to encourage NFPs to be more entrepreneurial and innovative in … Continue reading

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Customer service cultures

Last year I had a couple of experiences highlighting why social researchers suggest people are becoming disengaged and cynical about government, and also why people often say rude things about public servants. To me they are very powerful examples of … Continue reading

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The only six businesses in the world?

In the ongoing search to understand business and help organisations be more effective, I’m currently researching a framework to describe the fundamental nature of all businesses in the smallest logical number of categories. I’m thinking of this as the ‘periodic … Continue reading

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Risk management: Part 3

Look back at earlier posts on risk management: [Part 1] [Part 2] Part 3 Risk management vs risk avoidance In some circles, especially in non-commercial sectors, ‘risk management’ is commonly confused with ‘risk avoidance’. And you don’t have to be a genius to … Continue reading

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Risk management: Part 2

More on risk management: [Part 1] Part 2 [Part 3] Risk management plan One common approach to risk management is to create a risk management plan. The process of creating such a plan can be fun, as a whole bunch of … Continue reading

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Risk management: Part 1

Risk management and other buzzwords ‘Risk management’ has joined the growing lexicon of management terms being bandied around to make the speaker sound impressive and knowledgeable, while the original meaning has been steadily eroded. When people start latching on to … Continue reading

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Measurement 101

I love measuring things. Maybe it’s because I was deprived of good quantitative data during my formative years studying a liberal arts degree. Or maybe it’s because the first thing I ever seriously tried to measure was my own work … Continue reading

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