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Did he have to die?

My dad died in hospital in June. I suspect that his death wasn’t inevitable. He was 91, he had sepsis, which is difficult to spot, and it happened in the middle of the night.  So it would be hard to blame the hospital for his

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Making meetings better

V – so what’s new this month? A – the thing that struck me was the number of meetings that were a waste of time or not as effective as they could be. M – Oh same old, same old.  If only the rest of

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A Framework for Evaluating Partnerships

One of the groups that I’m on is reviewing its progress to date, so I thought that might be a good opportunity to dust off and update my framework for assessing partnerships. It has 5 top level categories: Aims, results, context, capacity and process.  The

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Partnerships like machines?

V – so, what’s been happening?  There wasn’t a blog last month was there; have you been away? A – yes, three weeks in Australia. M – all right for some. V – anything to report then? A – not much.  One of the committees