We community…getting closer

Honest! ALL that I have been working on is now really coming together and I will, shortly, be in a position to open up some new conversations about the VISION and the opportunities that will be created for professions, charities, social enterprise(s), SME’s, insurers, investors, social/digital media, etc.
I realise that this means a whole lot more to me than it does anyone else but I have absolutely no doubt that this is the kind of change that is much needed and presents a HUGE OPPORTUNITY to lead the way in your own business sector.
If your answer to the impact of the current climate is to:
  1. "batten down the hatches" until the storm passes
  2. cut HR and related costs as a means to survive
  3. sell hard and cheap, even to the point of minimal profit or diminished quality to customer
  4. put your fingers in your ears and whistle a happy tune…for as long as it takes

Then you may be wasting your time reading too much more!

However, IF you like the sound of embracing a strategy to blow them away on every level…this is the good bit! 

 We Group

Succeeding, investing and building, in the worst of economic times, for the future stability for your own stakeholders and SUSTAINABILITY for "the community" in the widest possible sense!

Putting confidence and passion back into business; generating job satisfaction and security; conversing; collaborating; contributing; creating; sharing; saving; innovating. An aligned, transparent, strategy to share with your stakeholders so they can participate and benefit. Of course there is an awful lot more than this but the above will give you a flavour of how things will work BUT this is only a "taster" as the things that have taken me so much time sit behind and underpin the concept.

If you want to know more or would like to discuss your own ideas I would be delighted to hear from you.

Enterprise applications: working harder to maximize value

When people ask me about the nature, depth and style of change required and I DO try to convey the full message including justification. But I have had to become used to arguments about "cheap is king", etc. Yes, yes, yes so we ALL know how it has been and, to a lesser extent (due to the economic conditions), still is.

But IF you believe that, as we work through this recession and, eventually, come out of the other side this will still be the case don’t waste your time reading the following…or just about anything else I have penned. I would, however, welcome a discussion on the subject as I would really like to hear some convincing argument for the "old order".    


Datamonitor Research Store – Enterprise applications: working harder to maximize value
Enterprise applications: working harder to maximize value. In the current economic climate, enterprise applications such as enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management could prove strategically important in terms of running businesses efficiently and effectively.

There is a tendency to focus on cutting costs, but cost reduction and value generation are two sides of the same bottom line that should be tackled together.

Enterprise applications form an integral part of an organization, but this can mean that they are often overlooked. However, no new initiative can be fully effective if the core it relies on is not tuned, and organizations could benefit from a change in perspective in which enterprise applications are perceived as fundamental enablers of change, with the capacity to adapt to new business demands and add further dimensions to new technologies, rather than as static back office transaction engines. Technology changes that bring modularity, such as the move to service oriented architecture (SOA), all play a part in opening enterprise applications up, changing the way they are used and enabling them to be used for more.

However, for this transformation to be effective, closer alignment between business and IT is a prerequisite. Maximizing the value of existing assets can be achieved through internal optimization, which, in addition to reducing operational costs, will improve operational efficiency with minimal investment and prevent investments falling into the application equivalent of negative equity. However, strategic investment in application extensions at the micro level is also a requirement; for example, investing in functionality that reduces waste in production planning by a few percentage points can deliver substantial direct

Talking about Building Community in the land of opportunity

 Afraid so folks! It’s more insight into the benefits of adopting Social media and keeping ahead of "the game". Contrary to what you think this isn’t  a flash in the pan and can reinvigorate business from bottom to top and from the inside out.  


So you thought “sustainability” was exclusively the domain of environmentalists!?

Like we could TRUST our elected representatives to run the country

Banking and investments were safe in the hands of bankers

House values only go up; credit can be free; jobs are for life; your cheque is in the post; Santa lives at…

INSTITUTIONS are under severe pressure to change and many realised this a long time ago. So why have they failed to take the necessary action? So why have they not been seizing the opportunity to "steal a march" on their competition? OK, so change is rarely easy. The larger the organisation the more difficult it is to change the hearts and minds of employees. Hence CHANGE MANAGEMENT is a bit of a "business art form". Of course, for any change to be accepted, implemented and have a lasting impact there have to be clear justification and business benefits. So that shouldn’t be too hard a sell to the stakeholders should it? Why is not happening across a range of sectors? MY own theory is that for too many there is a, well founded, fear of one word…TRANSPARENCY.

Acceptable and meaningful change must embrace transparency


The following table is intended to highlight what sustainability can mean to an organisation and how improved sustainability performance can maximise the opportunities this may bring and minimise the potential risks.

Impact area


Examples of Opportunity

Examples of Risk

Operational cost

Improved process or eco-efficiencies (the delivery of more value or service with fewer resources), waste and energy reduction, improved pollution prevention and improved compliance management.

Process improvement due to environmental consideration producing cost savings

Not implementing cheaper eco-efficient processes

Anticipation and management of risk


Pro-active management of sustainable development issues reduces the chances of non-compliance with legislation, pollution incidents and the potential for poor media coverage,

Taking action to minimise impacts of forthcoming legislation


Stakeholder relations

With increasing stakeholder scrutiny of organisations, engaging and acting on perceptions of stakeholders is essential. Organisations improve their ability to retain a ‘licence to operate’; from the communities they operate in, governments, civil society and other stakeholders through diligent sustainable development management.

Improved relations with people living near operational sites or by strengthening lobbying position with government

Local reputation damage through local campaign or adverse publicity by not sufficiently taking into account concerns of people living near operational sites


Productivity and organisational effectiveness can be raised through good sustainable development management. For example, higher standards, better understanding of stakeholder needs, better trained staff.

Cross functional working reducing workload

Poorly trained employees

Staff recruitment and retention

Organisations adopting sustainable development approaches find it easier to attract and retain the best staff as they feel they are contributing to a societal good rather than degrading it. Not only are recruitment costs reduced but also talented, socially and environmentally aware employees help to encourage new product and service innovations and ways of operating.

Improved employee retention due to introduction of family friendly policies

Graduates not wanting to work for a company with a poor social responsibility reputation


There are widespread moves towards including sustainable development criteria in organisational and project assessments, be it for lending, insurance premiums or investment decisions. Organisations with good sustainable development management will be at an advantage over their peers through lower insurance premiums, fewer liabilities and improved access to capital.

Meeting social and environmental considerations that are included in tenders

Failing to provide social and environmental information required by tender

Market differentiation and sales

Organisations can grow revenue from new markets for sustainable products and services. An example is moving from the manufacture of a product to the delivery of a service that meets the same need. Innovation driven by sustainable development issues can create considerable new opportunities.

Through effective responses to environmental or social market conditions, such as an introduction of a new service

Losing ground to a competitor after they introduce a environmental preferable product

Brand and Reputation

Systematic sustainable development management helps to retain and improve brand equity and corporate reputation through increased loyalty and trust across a range of stakeholders

Positive media coverage from introducing a new product or service

Negative media coverage


Why Money Does Not Work

I certainly wouldn’t label this piece as "radical" but when I re-read it I wasn’t sure quite why! It doesn’t get much more radical than the destruction of money so it must be something to do with the dis-armingly straightforward summary of how the global banking system has worked. So we know what the problems are, how we got here and what options are available to us.

Personally, I have felt that, for some time, change has been required. But it must be "deep" change otherwise…  

Take a look at this article: CommUnity of Minds