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Outsourcing Exit Strategy

Posted in Business, Uncategorized with tags , on August 19, 2009 by katephiz

I’ve posted an article on eZine Articles.  I may post more. 

Phizackerley, Kate “Outsourcing Exit Strategy – Planning Ahead For the Full Contract Life Cycle.” Outsourcing Exit Strategy – Planning Ahead For the Full Contract Life Cycle

In the article I look at the importance of considering how to avoid lock-in with outsourcing contracts.  This is a sample paragraph:

That is the key question which any organisation outsourcing a service needs to consider before signing a contract. If the answer is “only with great difficulty” then your supplier is holding a hand of aces whenever you need to negotiate a new contract or a revision in contractual terms. If you lack the resources or knowledge to take the contract back in house, and no other supplier has them “off the shelf”, then there is substantial lock-in. If a supplier knows that moving the contract away from them would cost you £2m, they can easily afford to inflate their charges to you by £1m knowing that you have little alternative but to pay.

(A reminder as well that my business blog is now Kate Phizackerley on Business.)

Professional Blogs undergoing change

Posted in Business on June 26, 2009 by katephiz

There was a problem with the hosting of my two business-oriented blogs. Rather than resurrect them with a new host, I’ve decided to let them die and relaunch a single consolidated blog. I’ll post again when it’s ready. (The domain is all set up, but I need to spend time customising the template before I launch.)


Posted in Equality, Human rights with tags , , , , , , , on December 9, 2008 by katephiz
It’s easy to see political correctness as a burden if one remains blind to the impact on real people.  Recently a pretty young woman was beaten up by her father.  She lost a number of teeth.  Her cheeks were shattered.  She’s no longer pretty – and that was her father’s specific intention.  Her “crime” was that she was born in a male body and had undergone gender reassignment.  Her own father battered her with the deliberate intention of taking away her looks so that she couldn’t pass as a woman. 
That is transphobia.  That wasn’t in some third world country, that was here in the West where transsexual people are supposedly ‘legally protected”.
“When I read that story, I cried.  I would like to tell you that it is an isolated incident but sadly it seems that isn’t the case. The more I talk to women who have undergone gender reassignment, the more I hear of violence against them, of rape and even the murder of a woman who lived near me.  Apparently transsexual people in the USA are 17x as likely as the national average to be victims of homicide.  I got a small, personal taste of transphobia when a particularly unflattering photo of me attracted comment that I looked like a bloke.  (Note to self – I don’t suit short hair!)  The comments grew increasingly cruel as people tried to outdo each other in their comments. 
Whether we are transsexual or not, women (and in some cases men) suffering this degree of discrimination is not acceptable to anybody with a Christian conscience.  To help draw attention to these injustices I have started a blog called Stop Transphobia at  Posts will be erratic as I hear of issues worth reporting, but please bookmark it and help fight for justice for this vulnerable group of people.

Framework for a Fairer future

Posted in Equality, Press with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2008 by katephiz

There is extensive comment on Kate Phizackerley on General Business Administration but the short comment I have submitted to the BBC reads as follows:

The document fails industry and individuals. Both want people to be treated equally and fairly not as special cases. In practice this leaves some groups more favoured than others – women only Parliamentary shortlists will be allowed but not ones for the disabled, nor for ethnic communities. There is no mention of the mentally ill or transgendered – not equal enough to even be mentioned.

We need equality legislation – but we neeed it to be based on equality not favouring certain groups.

Risk taking in recessions

Posted in Business, Governance, HR, Leadership, Management, Press, Risk with tags , , , on June 23, 2008 by katephiz

Another comment on the Personnel Today Workplace Clinic blog, which this time expanded upon in my General Business Administration blog.

Homophobic bullying

Posted in Equality, HR, Leadership, Personnel Today with tags , , , , , , on April 11, 2008 by katephiz

Comment on the Personnel Today Work Clinic blog stressing the importance of getting to the root cause of the workplace issues.

DC pension governance

Posted in Governance, Management, Pensions, Press, Professional Pensions with tags , , , , , on July 31, 2007 by katephiz

The Professional Pensions July special DC supplement quotes my view on goverance arrangement for contract-based DC schemes, including the follow remark:

In the world of DC, the key issues are again asset management and investment options, but also communications and administration. A properly constituted governance committee, backed by new regulatory powers to give them real authority to force change where necessary, can offer effective and independent oversight in these areas.