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Tales from a winner

Created on 13 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... mantra for me ever since. Run by the Local Government Association, the LG Challenge is designed to find the ‘best and brightest local government officers’ by pitting 10 candidates against each other in ...

Service Before Self

Created on 23 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

... worries about how much her son will spend on his phone each month; margins are tight in all respects. Rachel comes and cleans for me for two hours a week. She does this because the care agency that employs ...

Who comments?

Created on 25 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... to lots of public servants although slowly but surely this is breaking down. Head teachers are even more independent than they once were, senior firemen and police chiefs are often expected to comment ...

Internet dating for the bureaucrat

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... to get beyond the transactional relationship. We all know the benefits we gain by sitting in the same office as colleagues who work in slightly different areas to us. We bounce ideas off each other, ...

Template tantrum

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... writing that explains what is meant to go into each box. There are three reasons that I hate templates: 1)      People complete them There is no template in the world that can be accurately deployed ...

The Guardian Local Government Network is no more - sort of

Created on 16 June 2013. Posted in Our blog

... out the leaders from the rest of the staff does not, in my mind, make for the best network nor reach out to the many many staff who don’t really have any other alternatives, even more so now that the k-hub ...

Book review – Hard Change by Dawn Reeves

Created on 10 June 2013. Posted in Our blog

... rattles along at a mighty pace and really takes the reader with it as the layers of the story are laid on top of each other. I won’t spoil the ending but it is worth saying that if anything I found the ...

The K-Hub is dead; long live the K-Hub?

Created on 27 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... am stepping into the breach to make just two quick comments: 1)      There were many problems with the k-hub and it is therefore understandable that when the time came to make the cuts, an expensive ...

Episode 5 - The one where we had the long awaited sequel to The King's Speech

Created on 14 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

...  Piece on the fact that you’ll never remove Nymbys, so let’s encourage them to take part in the process (neighbourhood planning, etc...) rather than battle each other. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/greenpolitics/planning/10039898/Stop-objecting-to-development-and-have-a-constructive-dialogue-instead-Nick-Boles-tells-homeowners.html ...