Book review: Punk Rock People Management

Posted on: December 6, 2011

Following on from Peter Cook’s http://www.academy-of-rock.co.uk/ great book “Sex, Leadership and Rock’n’Roll: Leadership Lessons from the Academy of Rock” comes the thinner but just as good “Punk Rock People Management”. It’s a short, accessible booklet providing some no-nonsense practical advice to non-HR professionals on dealing with hiring (selection, induction, rewards), inspiring (engagement, motivation, diversity, appraisal, training, promotion, […]

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The professions in transition – Professional Services Marketing Group (PSMG) Annual Conference

Posted on: November 21, 2011

Last Tuesday I took myself along to the 16th PSMG Annual Conference – it’s a rare but pleasant occasion when I am purely in delegate mode rather than speaking or running a workshop. The venue – America Square Conference Centre – was marvellous, the rooms were gleaming white with cheerful red chairs and there was a […]

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PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Law Firms Financial Survey 2011

Posted on: November 21, 2011

The executive summary of the 20th PWC survey  http://www.pwc.co.uk/eng/publications/pwc_annual_law_firms_survey.html  talks about the deteriorating profitability of all but the most successful firms since 2008 with the 2011 financial results painting a broadly flat picture compared to last year. The key findings are as follows: Variation in net margins – UK net margins range from close to 50% for the […]

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Blue Ocean Strategy for professional firms seeking new services?

Posted on: September 14, 2011

Obviously the legal market is in a state of flux with the recession, deregulation and the threat of new business models and new entrants as the result of the Legal Services Act. Many accountants are scratching around for a response to the commoditisation of audit services and surveyors and agents are familiar with the erosion […]

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Social media, reputation management and employment law

Posted on: September 7, 2011

I’m not a lawyer nor an employment expert, but a number of clients have asked for help in developing their social media policy with regards to protecting their reputation and those of their people. Naturally, I always talk to the relevant lawyers and HR people. So it was interesting to read a recent seven page […]

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