**warning: this article contains reference to suicide, which may be distressing for some readers**Following the news back in May that Mike King had quit the expert panel on suicide prevention, the refreshed Suicide Prevention Strategy has been dealt another blow. T...
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The ramp-up to the 2018 - 28 Long Term Plans means that Councils around New Zealand are about to take a look at their performance frameworks. This is your chance to throw out all those KPIs that have been doing your head in for the last few years ! Except it might not be tha...
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Ever been involved in an excellent strategy or vision workshop, but your bright ideas were never implemented? Contributed to a project proposal that never got the green light?

I can't speak to the quality of your ideas and innovation, but I can hazard a guess why your content never had any impact - the right people may have been missing from the room.In the past, I have made the same mistake. This usually happens when I'm engaged by someone in mid...
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As you will have noticed from my other posts, I am a vocal advocate for bringing best practice to local government in New Zealand. Resource constraints and a series of high-stakes, low-budget projects and initiatives are commonly cited as reasons why best-practice tools suc...
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Problem definition is the first and most vital step in any change process, investment proposal, business case or initiative planning. Despite this, it is often rushed or missed out entirely. Organisations who are considering a new project tend to think they understand their ...
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As a sector, local government in New Zealand owns over $120 billion in assets. Every year, Councils spend $4 billion on new and renewed capital, and over $8 billion delivering services. This is forecast to hit $12 billion in the next 10 years. The stakes are high. In places...
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Put simply, a structured conversation is a powerful communication tool that fosters understanding and provides direction. It can take many forms, from an interactive facilitated workshop, to a lengthy and complex report. But how will you know one when you see one? Well, reg...
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You've got a great idea for a new venture or project. Now all you need to do is put together a strong business case or feasibility study to get funding or sign-off. Avoid these five common mistakes to greatly improve your odds of success....
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