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The TPA strikes again

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... of scrutiny and democratic accountability This simple fact itself shifts the debate hugely from being yet another attack on hard pressed officers at every level to a debate about the decisions made by ...

Being Critical

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... if not sorry to whoever did say it)  that being a policy officer in local government rewarded negativity. Officers were given extra points if they could dissect a piece of policy or another proposal, in ...

Bingo!

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... our new real nappy ambassador”). If it’s part of your role you probably don’t need a diplomatic title. I’m also not sad to see the back of place-shaping (I think it’s finished with?), just another great ...

Do as I say, not as I mean

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

After exclusively revealing some training notes from our secret senior managers training recently and getting away with it, I thought I’d share another memo which I’ve received.  These are designed to ...

A day out with the NGDP Alumni

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... many of them are frustrated and many of them think they could make more difference if they went to another place. Friday reminded me that everyone needs to work together to make a difference in local ...

Advice for the newbies

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... service, or another service area and think about what it would do if it looked at your service area. Speak to the councillors after the meeting. Find out who represents you if you live in the area, and ...

To share or not to share

Created on 19 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... if you have five accountants in one authority and five in another it might be that the work can be done by 9 accountants and cover the work for both. You might also be able to put all the accountants ...

E-mail: The great blight on productivity

Created on 19 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

I received an entertaining e-mail from a colleague at another local authority this morning and thought I must share: The council in question had decided that they had a problem with there being too much ...

Stairway to Floor Seven

Created on 24 November 2009. Posted in Our blog

... turning what we thought was just another corner, we came across a security guard sitting on the steps. Wondering whether he was in the middle of a cardiac event (we don’t have the fittest or most svelte ...