Martin P Wilson


Ideas, Innovation, Inspiration, Insight, IT

Facilitation and Mentoring for Success.

Signposting the wayAttitudes to Consultancy

Attitudes to consultancy have hardened since the financial crisis and the end of the bubble. Consultancy is no longer well regarded and is even being seen as part of the problem. In particular the reliance by public and private sector organisations on consultants in long term roles is perceived as an abrogation of management responsibility. A new approach is needed.

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Solidus has provided top level management for some of the largest business change and IT projects in the UK and Europe. Running or reviewing projects with budgets of over £250million ($400million) is not unusual for Solidus; as are those of less than a £1million.

On behalf of clients of all sizes, Solidus directs and manages projects and programmes from proposal and business case through to delivery. Solidus has particular experience with complex stakeholdermanagement challenges and turning round difficult projects.Solidus undertakes Project Health Checks to catch problems early.

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Solidus has more than thirty years’ experience of high-level information management and technology strategy. Martin Wilson wrote the book, The Information Edge, for the Institute of Management/ Financial Times Millennium Manager series. He is currently revising it for a new edition reflecting current technology changes.

Solidus works with leading technologists to stay up to date with technology change so that IT can be aligned with client’s business strategy and operating models.

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Sometimes a programme or project needs fresh thinking to get it running smoothly; it may be that a health check has exposed issues.

Solidus has considerable experience with putting projects and programmes back on track. Usually it is a case of a project team using Solidus to facilitate an exploration of the challenges. Often the team are too close to the issues, Solidus helps them step back to “see the wood for the trees”. The client can then often resolve matters themselves. In extremis Solidus can take over project leadership until it is running smoothly.

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Enabling organisations, teams and individuals to deliver

From Solidus' experience of central government and large commercial organizations, we have encountered many individuals who have the latent attributes for greater capability. Reduced budgets no longer gives the option of relying on Big Consultancy, this is as an opportunity for organizations to start growing their own and using that potential effectively.

Solidus Provides Real World Experience and Comfort

Working as trusted mentors and facilitators, Solidus can support teams and individuals who, currently, lack real experience and help them to avoid the basic pitfalls. Client teams will be able to take satisfaction from owning the solution and its successful delivery. Solidus will be there to support and provide comfort that the approach is sound and to share practical experience.

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  • Project Consultancy
    Solidus has extensive high level experience of projects of all sizes; from less than £1 million to approaching £500 million and 1.2 million users. We can relate that to client projects in straigtforward language and work with staff at all levels to support success.
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Quick Thoughts

Has Military Action Ever Dissuaded Tyrants?

Syria - flagIn his speech before the war in Iraq Tony Blair, the UK Prime Minister, argued that not intervening would send a message that tyrants would feel at liberty to act without consequence. By military action in Iraq, he argued, those who would perpetrate atrocities would think twice. There would not seem to be any evidence, before or since, that would back up that contention.

We now have David Cameron, the current Prime Minister, making essentially the same arguments – do politicians ever learn from history?


Government Spending is not Driver of Growth

Parliament Square London IC02001If more public spending is the only way to create growth then surely governments have become too large a part of the economy? Government is about spending and has little to do with creating wealth.

The best government can do is move wealth from individuals and business to those who serve government.


Capped Bonuses, There May be Trouble Ahead

Politicians do not seem to be good at imagining unintended consequences. The cap on bankers’ bonuses, however popular, may be counter-productive in reducing risk.

Dark Stormy Skys and Beauty Often CoexistIf a smaller proportion of a trader’s income is at risk if a trade goes wrong they may pursue high-risk opportunities to get that big win. If it works they guarantee the full bonus and could also use it to negotiate a higher salary (and bonus) for the following year. If it fails the downside is limited by the capped bonus to a smaller part of overall income. At the end of the day traders are competitive and gamblers at heart so will they be more likely to pursue the big win when their own risk is limited?

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