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Get Help Now!

After all the heavy news coverage of recent days about the adverse impact of numerical targets within policing (e.g. PASC findings and the Metropolitan Police Federation report), I thought I’d lighten the mood with a #StickChild poster for you to laugh … Continue reading

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Incontrovertible Evidence

Today, on the 9th April 2014, the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) published their report into allegations of police mis-recording of crime statistics. (The report - Caught Red-Handed: Why We Can’t Count on Police Recorded Crime Statistics – can be … Continue reading

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Stick Child’s Guessing Game

Stick Child and his friends sometimes play a game where they take turns to throw dice and everyone tries to guess the number that will come up. It’s an enjoyable game, but the stick children know it’s just a bit of … Continue reading

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Stick Child’s Guide to Systems Thinking

“What is systems thinking?” This is a question I’ve heard quite a lot recently. So, with the assistance of our little friend Stick Child (yes he’s back by popular demand!) let’s take a look at the subject in very straightforward … Continue reading

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Why ‘Year-To-Date’ is Rubbish

‘Year-to-date’ figures are often used in performance frameworks, both in the public and private sectors. In policing, ‘year-to-date’ figures are regularly used to track the number of reported crimes at any given point in the year, supposedly as an indicator of whether the police … Continue reading

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Right Measures, Measured Right

…is a phrase I often use when talking about measuring stuff in performance systems. Although I deride arbitrary numerical targets at every turn, I genuinely believe it’s essential to measure things, as long as they are the right things. So, … Continue reading

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The People vs The System

GRUDGE MATCH!! In the red corner: “Our people are our greatest asset”. “The people ARE the system”. In the blue corner: “94% of performance comes from the system; 6% from the people”. Which is better? There’s only one way to … Continue reading

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Message From The Skies

What’s this? These strange lights were seen above my house last night. (Well, sort of…) It’s actually a photo of a lightning bolt stretching across the sky from left to right, as seen through the eyes of someone who only understands … Continue reading

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Finding the Source

As I go about my formal and informal research into the effects of target-driven performance management, I regularly have conversations with people at all levels of organisations. One thing I’ve found is that the people at the very top of … Continue reading

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Barking Up The Wrong Tree

“The system must be held to account!” How often do you hear that in the wake of the latest scandal? Not that often. Usually, it’s “People must be held to account! / Who is responsible? / This must never happen … Continue reading

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