Monthly Archives: June 2012

24 JunThe Canons of Allocations. Encourage the right behaviour. Understand who pays for the beers.

I am lucky enough to live in Switzerland, a country well known for its rules and being neat & tidy. We’ll leave commentary on the subject of hanging out the washing and mowing the lawn on a Sunday for a different forum. Waste. Where I live, we pay for the rubbish collection by the bag. […]

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22 JunThe Cannons of Cost Allocations. Effort Based.

Last week, the Blog introduced the idea of there being four cannons of taxation. Four rules, or rather guidelines you should observe when sharing out costs. This week we take a closer look at the first of them; Effort based. People & systems. Those are the two big cost blocks. Rent matters too, however invariably […]

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12 JunCost Allocations. The Gordian Knot of Operations.

Who should pay? What is my allocation and why? This is a really difficult topic. Firstly, because although it is about numbers it is not about math, there is not an absolutely right answer. Secondly, because it is pretty much unheard of to have a situation of harmony and contentment around this. Banking generally and […]

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04 JunBankers put their foot in it! When in Rome, get with the foreign culture dude.

The Queen is celebrating her diamond jubilee and that seems a great moment to talk a little about doing things properly and dealing well with those all important cultural differences. A little more light hearted than usual, this week we focus on how things may not be quite what you expect when dealing with parts […]

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