Strategy, vision, mission statements, oh my…

by Mel Starrs on October 18, 2006

in Management

It’s that time of the year again. Q3 results are in and thoughts turn to next year’s business plans. I have decided to draft a business plan for my final MBA project, rather than a traditional academic piece of work. Having spent the last two years discovering what can go amiss in engineering consultancies, I’m […]


A story about culture…

by mel starrs on June 8, 2006

in Management

Professor John Oakland recently held the Business Excellence module for my Executive MBA. He told this this story, which sums up culture and how it can permeate throughout a company despite personnel changes. A man has 12 chimps in a large cage. He walks into the centre of the cage with a ladder and hangs […]


You can’t manage what you don’t measure…

by mel starrs on April 12, 2006

in Management

It’s nice to sit down with an enlightened client who wants to monitor the building once it’s built. Scary how seldom it happens. There are a number of resources out there to assist the design team and the client, and with TM39* ‘Building Energy Metering’ from CIBSE now cited in the Building Regulations Part L2A, […]