An Introduction to Person Centered Planning

Written by Lisa Simmons

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3. Oncerepparttar obvious problems have been resolved,repparttar 125584 support team can move on to explore expandingrepparttar 125585 individual’s quality of life. Isrepparttar 125586 person satisfied with his or her living arrangement (who & where)? Doesrepparttar 125587 person like his or her job? Isrepparttar 125588 person making enough income to supportrepparttar 125589 lifestyle he or she wants? Doesrepparttar 125590 person have hobbies or recreational activities to enjoy during free time? Are there any new skills (leisure or work related) thatrepparttar 125591 person would like to learn? Doesrepparttar 125592 person have satisfying relationships with friends & family? Are there any long term goalsrepparttar 125593 person would like to start working towards? As issues are discovered they will fall into 2 categories: short term easily addressed issues & long term goals that will take several steps to reach. If Joe has an interest in music & would like to buyrepparttar 125594 latest compact disc by his favorite group – that’s a short-term issue. It is easily resolved as long as he hasrepparttar 125595 money to purchaserepparttar 125596 CD & a CD player to play it on when he gets home. Your role may simply be to supply transportation to a local store or shopping mall. If, onrepparttar 125597 other hand, Joe wants to go to backpacking inrepparttar 125598 mountains on his next vacation – that’s a long-term goal. Your role will probably be to help Joe in a number of steps to get ready for his trip (savingrepparttar 125599 money needed, learningrepparttar 125600 skills needed to backpack inrepparttar 125601 mountains, finding a reliable tour group or hiking partners, buildingrepparttar 125602 stamina to vacation outdoors, etc. etc.). Our role is not say, “no problem – whatever you want”. Our role is to say, “that’s a great dream – here’s how we get there from here!”

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Tips On Being An Independent Consultant

Written by Colin Ong TS

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5)Don’t Make Too Many Promises!

As you start your new consultancy, you should give value-added services and not be too accommodating to your initial clients. The reason is that they may actually pass information about your “low” pricing plan and omitrepparttar fact thatrepparttar 125583 pricing plan has a “use-by” date. We feel that it is better to get a few big contracts to boost your consultancy’s credibility first. Also remember to seek permission to quote your clients as references.

6)Target Public Tenders

Regularly, there will be calls for public tenders for various projects. Your consultancy should gear up for these public exercises even though your consultancy is relatively new. The reason is that this will give you discipline and encourages you to be more aware ofrepparttar 125584 business climate in your industry. As a personal case-study, my consultancy learnt a lot aboutrepparttar 125585 minimum requirements and expectations about being accepted in our industry just by applying for public tenders. You can say that this isrepparttar 125586 best way of getting a reality check.

7)Build Alliances with your employees

As you start your recruitment drive, be mindful that your new employees have a difficult task of building new alliances for your consultancy. You can make their tasks easier if you could accompany them to networking opportunities.

Colin Ong TS is the Managing Director of MR=MC Consulting Pte Ltd ( He is a prolific writer on HR , Corporate Learning and New Technology issues. His writings have appeared in a number of global portals ( He has recently launched a free learning portal at which was featured in the recent Singapore Learning Festival. For free articles and advice, please email

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