Make A Profit From Your Expenses!

Money

As I mentioned previously my company has been bought over. One of the immediate changes is that we are now responsible for booking our own travel and accomodation, rather than it being done centrally. Whilst this is a pain if you are busy, you can turn this to your own advantage.

This week i have “earned” £52.46 for doing my job !

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Consultancy VISTA

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I really hate just regurgitating content from other sites but the following article just hit home, summarising what, in my opinion, sets us apart!
Read the article here.

VISTA is an acronym for value, integrity, service, trust, and accountability. These qualities are essential to extend beyond a simple provider-consumer relationship and to establish shared-value consulting relationships.

Value is fundamental to a successful consulting relationship. You must know and be able to articulate what value you will provide as a consultant or will expect a consultant to provide for your BI program. To achieve shared-value relationships, the inverse is also important: You must know and be able to articulate what value the consultant expects to receive. When value is described in measurable terms, it becomes possible to discuss and develop a consensus on value expectations.

Integrity is a cornerstone of good consulting practice. The best consultants operate based upon a code of ethics. As a provider of services, be prepared to state your code of ethics. As a consumer, be sure to ask about it. Key ethics considerations include confidentiality and nondisclosure. Also avoid conflict of interest; be (or hire) a consultant who is not influenced or biased by the possibility of work beyond the scope of the current engagement.

Service is the heart of successful consulting; it is a service business. Thus, consultants are service workers. An effective consultant is one who actively works to deliver real benefits to clients in a professional and effective way. A positive and pleasant experience upon conclusion of each engagement is the mark of service-oriented consulting. As a consultant, be able to clearly articulate your service model. If you’re hiring a consultant, be sure to ask how your prospective consultants define and deliver service.

Trust aids in confidence, comfort, and ease of communication – all essential for successful consulting. A relationship based on trust prevents suspicion and misgivings for both providers and consumers of consulting services. Good consultants know how to establish trust and will offer solid and meaningful references who attest to their trustworthiness. Wise consulting clients openly inquire about references and take the time to check them carefully.

Accountability helps to set expectations, enhance communications, prevent misunderstandings, and assure a conflict-free consulting experience for both parties. Before a consulting engagement begins, agree on fees, reimbursable expenses, reporting responsibilities, the form and frequency of progress reports, the basis of billing, and payment terms and conditions.

Happy New Year !

Our friends Stuart and Diane were kind enough to invite us to their house to bring in the bells.
The Bells !

Christmas Day

Merry Christmas Everyone !
It was a smaller gathering this year only 14 for dinner !
For those that could not make it here are some photos from the day:
Star Decoration

I Have A New Employer !

The one time I take a “true” holiday, switch my phone off, don’t check e-mails, I open the paper and what do I see: THIS.

Rachel House

Last weekend we spent a fantastic time at Rachel House in Kinross Fife.

We had a very relaxing time, and got the chance to take some nice photos in the garden too !
You can also see the photos at the newly created CHAS Flickr Group.

Emma’s Enterprise

As part of Emma’s art work at school she got the chance to set up an Enterprise, a small company that she has to run.
She set up her company “A Gift From The Heart” to sell hand made gifts.
She recently had a sale of her work.

OpenID

I first heard of OpenID ages ago.
You can read more about it here
I have now added a plugin that makes this site OpenID aware.
If you have an openID then feel free to use that to sign up, otherwise you can continue to use standard user names and passwords.
The list of other sites that use OpenID is growing here, long may it continue to grow !

Starting To Feel Like Christmas!

I don’t know if it’s the sudden cold snap, but I am starting to feel more Christmassy !

To help get into the mood it’s time to get the cards done, or buy next years if you are super organised!

Check out these cards (PDF Catalogue) from the Scottish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Yahoo Support is Improving

I have started to have lots of issues whith the Yahoo toolbar for Firefox.

As a travelling consultant who regularly flits between home, office and multiple client sites and multiple PC’s at each site it is a boon to be able to access my bookmarks especially at any PC I use. For YEARS I have been using the Yahoo Bookmarks service, and since it was launched I have been using the Yahoo Companion or Yahoo Toolbar.

Recently it has stopped showing me my buttons on the toolbar:

Yahoo Toolbar Broken
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