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Local – Central 6: Trust

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... to the debate whether you think we are right and have some ideas to contribute or believe we need to change course totally. Either way please just drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ...

Central - Local 2: Secondments

Created on 03 November 2013. Posted in Our blog

... would be a job well done.   As always, we're really interested in other people's comments on this idea and any other ideas you might have. Please do comment below or drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ...

Central - Local

Created on 26 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... to work it would be as one element of a wider strategy, so as a second best step we thought we'd try to generate some other ideas and more importantly start a debate about how we could improve functional ...

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, ...

Hope over experience?!

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... we are losing it in the current contraction is therefore concerning) and secondly that new ideas, innovation and youth is much needed in a sector that can, at times, appear deeply sclerotic.   I have ...

The Guardian Local Leaders Network respond

Created on 23 June 2013. Posted in Our blog

... those qualities. Don't forget, too, that the Guardian Public Services Awards, now in their 10th year - also celebrate those qualities. We're open to ideas, to debate and to discussion about leadership ...

19 things I learnt at the Public Sector Show 2013

Created on 30 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... but I actually thoroughly enjoyed myself. There is something inspiring, and indeed personally uplifting, about spending a day drinking in the ideas and examples of good practice from throughout the sector ...

I can't remember

Created on 24 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... ideas which need those key questions asked? You’ll need to ask somewhere else now (perhaps on our forum, hint hint?). The sensitive political situations? Work it out yourselves. Secondly it obviously ...

How to outfox a local government chief executive

Created on 09 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... present your new policy ideas in ways that are popular with staff; Chief Executives are used to treading a fine line between ideas that are popular with the politicians but need to be amended because they ...

The budget: Always read the small print

Created on 27 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... other services? I have some ideas but none of them really stack up. Maybe the public feel so strongly about health, education and international development that the Government are willing to take risks ...

Strategy

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... new ideas or generate a buzz in the council. This leads to the local authority having multiple different strategies, none of which is particularly unique and none of them providing quite the impact that ...

Jargon-tastic

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... are having a conversation and use a bit of jargon, as long as they both understand it all is good. Often, jargon is a means of communicating complex ideas in a simple way between two people who would ...

A day out with the NGDP Alumni

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... and at other times our assumptions about what we are doing prevents us from coming up with any better ideas. As Nick said (roughly): Most failures based on assumptions that no longer fit the reality… ...

Advice for the newbies

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... don’t do change well. However, if you, as a new entrant to the sector can’t come up with some great new ideas for service delivery then we have no hope. Don’t be afraid to come up with new ideas, try them, ...

A degree of essential skills?

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... exposed them to new ideas and concepts, and allowed them to build up a rich layer of theoretical knowledge before putting this into practice as they start or continue their local government careers. Some ...

Can there be Council Officer Prodigies?

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... can do the most good and recognise that they have been honing their negotiation skills and churning our innovative ideas for making the place they live in better since they knew how to walk would be amazing. ...

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

Created on 19 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... the sector for the first time – have very little practical history to draw upon, and have ideas and plans which simply will not survive the day to day grind. Those who have been at the coal face for ...

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

Created on 19 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... history over new ideas. This leads to employers focusing on those they can ‘trust’ to know how the organisation works and ‘hit the ground running’ rather than take the risk on a younger unproven member ...