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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... ability and authority to do so. ICT and web managers saw quick progress being made on previously intransigent issues, an ethos which cried out openness and pace and a service which wasn’t scared to share ...

Taking it offline

Created on 27 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... and support, better able to access both of these things outside of their normal circles of influence, allow quicker and more streamlined communication between managers and their staff and can cut down ...

Cricket and Councils; more alike than you'd think

Created on 29 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... Sometimes a team of managers can come together to perform this function, but invariably one of these ends up taking on the chief leadership role anyway, ergo becoming the de facto chief exec. 4.       ...

Is economic growth an imperative for councils?

Created on 28 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... growth was being driven by a small group of managers. The vast majority of staff were, as far as I could tell, still working on delivering the services they always had (although obviously this number was ...

The local government brain drain

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... left. Some of these people will make far better senior managers than many of those who have been in authorities for many years.  ...

Local – Central 8: Development days

Created on 05 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... happening they have been developed on the back of personal or professional relationships between the managers involved. However, were local and central government to start to recognise the value and ...

Central-Local 5: It’s good to talk

Created on 13 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... Well, from a Whitehall perspective there is no single reason. Obviously the ‘day job’ does get in the way. But line managers do not do enough to encourage it. Many civil servants, below senior levels, ...

Template tantrum

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... by asking officers to complete a number of sections independently you get answers to each of your questions but no overall sense of what is trying to be achieved. The template encourages managers to not ...

The challenge of complexity

Created on 22 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... and the rest of the public sector, are being asked to make have both led to more creativity amongst public sector managers but also more complexity. If you doubt this just think about all of the public ...

What can Local Government learn from football

Created on 22 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... of S151 Officers being seen in airports, Data Records Managers getting out of taxis and friends of friends of Heads of Adult Social Care circulating speculative rumours. Agents – the ‘in-demand’ local ...

20 and Out

Created on 09 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... at all times, and has over the years been beaten to the title by a handful of other clubs and managers. Chelsea, Blackburn, Man City and unfortunately even Woolwich Arsenal have all wrested control away ...

Working for a ‘best achieving’ council

Created on 28 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... to the Wimbledon tennis championships.   However, Merton’s not like this. We do have good senior managers and a number of quite interesting transformation projects (and we do a great job with the tennis!) ...

I'm sorry

Created on 27 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... reason that we started to develop a Complex RAS was primarily because senior managers said directly or indirectly “we don’t trust our social workers to make judgements about what is fair and reasonable”. ...

Dear ITV

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... in any relation to what you can offer society as a whole, or sometimes even a company itself (just ask many financial managers over the last ten years or so). Of course, most of us are in a position ...

Being Critical

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... by the attending managers. Even those that are supportive will only use their support as a preamble to then depart some piece of critical wisdom.   This is not necessarily a surprise. Having critical ...

Strategy

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... one would expect. Service managers often see strategy as a waste of time and a distraction from the services they are trying to run. They know what their service is about and might even have their own ...

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 ...

Advice for the newbies

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... my top ten tips for any new graduate:   1)      Talk to people. When I first started in local government I was scared of ALL managers. In actual fact I have discovered that if you show an interest ...