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News and Newsletter Articles

On this tab we list our recent news articles, many of which are included in our regular newsletters sent to Company members.  The articles are listed in reverse chronological order with the most recent first.

Please give us your feedback on any of the articles listed by emailing:  news@wcomc.org

 

 

Autumn Diary

Balancing the unhealthy demands of the City with extreme sports and unusual hobbies

Living slightly out of town, as do most of us these days, means we have lots of opportunities to balance the cultural and other less healthy demands of the City. But what happens in practice? In response to our indefatigable Editor, I’ve had a look at what I’ve got up to this Autumn.
 

Throwing the PQQ out with the bath water

Bidding for work in the public sector has invariably required, for all but the smallest assignments, the completion of a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) at the outset.  But over recent years the PQQ has lost its original purpose –

to limit the organisations invited to submit a full tender response to those who meet basic compliance criteria and have the capacity to deliver.  Indeed, many PQQs have become overly bureaucratic, politically correct, risk averse and yet non-discriminating in terms of capability and capacity.

Maison Secondaire...

Locals - though endearing - have patois deliberately difficult to understand; increased water pressure sees ancient geysers (not the author) forcibly ejected from window; and no word for 'entrepreneur'.

Peter Maile wrote engagingly about A Year in Provence and I would love to do likewise. Sadly living in rural France, part-time over the past 25 years, I only have enough material for a Long Weekend in Normandy. But I have some thoughts to share with you on the joys of a second home abroad.

Robbed in London

‘Unaccompanied midnight walking tour of Tottenham for the frail over 60’s (see-through carrier bag for wallet and ipad provided)’

Another episode of the newsletter drops from the e mail sky launched from the Consalvi editorial drone on the unsuspecting company below. Full of more news and views, some earnest, some worthy some earnestly worthy but all adding more to the average management consultant's incessant desire for knowledge and enlightenment.

Crossrail and Unexploded WW11 Bombs

It's estimated that there's about 17,000 tonnes of bombs that were dropped on London in WWII and the rule of thumb is that about 10% failed to explode,"  says Simon Cooke from consultancy 6Alpha - and WCoMC member.   

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23518137  - See astounding Crossrail statistics, wartime underground maps and pics

Kilimanjaro – Getting to the Top

Always take the advice of your dentist...

Jaguars involved in Change Management Exercise!

Cattle ranchers in Brazil sacrificing some of their calves to develop a new industry

Brazil would not be the first place that you might consider for a safari but in July this year, I had the fantastic experience of spending time with a jaguar research team in the southern Pantanal region.   Their project was called “Onçafari” and the team was researching how to preserve the natural habitat of the jaguars but habituate them to vehicles, so that jaguars could become “star animals” for stimulating the growth of ecotourism in Brazil.  

The Members' Wine Wanderings Blog

Liverymen uncorked...

 

Installation Dinner

Cabinet Office Mininster welcomes our Master

Taking time out from his role as Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, looking for government savings "well in excess of £8bn", The Rt Hon Frances Maude MP gave the keynote address at the installation dinner that heralded Geoff Llewellyn as our current master.

National Youth Orchestra

WCoMC support converted into music

WCoMC is sponsoring a violinist member of the National Youth Orchestra,  Angus Bain, through their "Take a Seat" campaign.  Here Angus describes his experiences throughout the Winter and Spring sessions of 2012-13.  It sounds a wonderful programme, and clearly he is making great progress.  We are proud of him, and he is happy with our support.

Winter 2012-13 session

"Dear Worshipful Company of Management Consultants,

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