Taking action is the hard part of getting stuff done, the talk is easy, but when the rubber has to hit the road, then you see who is really adding any value.

The 4 simple questions I ask are:

Who is responsible?

Who is accountable?

Who is to be consulted?

Who is to be informed?

Lack of an answer on any of them is a sure indicator of a hole that will swallow some of your efforts.

Last night I was at a forum hosted by the local council for sporting organisations in the region.

The forum had no real objective beyond some institutional need to ‘consult’ , a useful process, but the organisers seemed to have no idea about the framework on which they were seeking input.

As the answer to each of these 4 questions was “nobody’ or ‘not sure’ I do not expect to smell the rubber any time soon.