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Local – Central 8: Development days

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... that the insight we would came from that experience would far outweigh any benefits that could be derived from training courses or equivalent learning and development activities. Which leads me to today’s ...

Central - Local 2: Secondments

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... staff member and bringing back experience that can benefit the sending organisation. A good secondment can also benefit the receiving organisation; bringing in different skills to an organisation on a ...

Central - Local

Created on 26 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... and that our experience of these issues is primarily from the local government point of view, but I do know that the 'Government', 'DCLG' and 'Whitehall' are all bodies that are treated with a certain ...

Tales from a winner

Created on 13 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

15th October 2013 When Glen visited the LGA conference this year he was lucky enough to interview the finalists for the LG Challenge 2013 (listen again to episode 9 here). As the search for LG Challenge ...

Who comments?

Created on 25 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... of things of public interest from a professional point of view; deploying their years of training, experience and expertise to comment on local proposals. However, whilst the expertise of these local professionals ...

Hope over experience?!

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

29th August 2013: Over the years this blog has been a champion of two purportedly opposite points of view; firstly that experience within local government is incredibly important (and the rate at which ...

A Busman's Holiday

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... was so much local government that I didn’t experience, or didn’t write about, whilst moving around Devon and doubtless I could have picked on hundreds of other interesting examples from around the county ...

20 and Out

Created on 09 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... boys by the name of Giggs, Scholes, Beckham and the Neville brothers. They of course become the core of a dynasty lasting the next fifteen or twenty years. Experience is more valuable than many give ...

Working for a ‘best achieving’ council

Created on 28 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... types; instead they are masters of their own domain. The managers know their services every which way (a day spent with a manager in a service you don't know is a wonderful and humbling experience) and ...

I can't remember

Created on 24 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... two effects on those they leave behind. Firstly we lose an invaluable resource for advice and guidance and therefore have to rely on perhaps still capable but certainly less experienced sources. Those ...

Anecdote corner – Week 1: Working with Members

Created on 14 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... as a means of getting a better understanding of something. After all, understanding user experience, especially in their own words, can be incredibly important. Whilst the re-launch of this site has ...

The TPA strikes again

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... of the TPA there is simply no way that all existing staff will decide to stay in their posts (and who could blame them).  This leaves a sector desperately in need of stability, leadership and experience ...

Being Critical

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... especially with managers who otherwise might not experience their work. Plus, there is often more to say for the critic than the supporter and if the critic is as much of a wrecking ball as I have experienced ...

Strategy

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... of experience. In fairness to Azhar he took the firing fairly well and then proceeded to drop the ‘s’ bomb about fifteen times during the much more enjoyable follow up show. He also revealed that his ...

Advice for the newbies

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... end up working in, to be as fulfilling as you let it be. Oh, and if you want to write about your experiences please just drop us a line! Here are a few more tips submitted by our readers. DSO Says: ...

A degree of essential skills?

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... work areas, and required a huge range of skills and experience. But do you know what sat at the top of each person spec, regardless of the job or grade? “Educated to degree standard” Some added ...

Youth, and Local Government, is wasted on the young – Part 2

Created on 19 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... the subject of the need for youth to triumph over experience is one on which we agree to disagree. I feel I need to make my own position clear here, to give a little context to my comments.  I left school ...

Youth, and Local Government, is wasted on the young – Part 1

Created on 19 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... meetings with HR nowadays tend to involve discussing the redundancy process) but before I left we had a brief chat about the age profile of local authorities. There may be some exceptions but in my experience ...

The National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP)

Created on 19 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... to the best graduates. It would give the participants a broad experience of local government and an academic qualification that was both attractive to employers and designed to set them up well for a long ...