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Tales from a winner

Created on 13 October 2013. Posted in Our blog

... an apprentice-style competition. Split into teams, we faced real life challenges in host local authorities and had to come up with solutions within 24 hours. The challenges varied from the strategic, ...

Tales from the NHS

Created on 15 September 2013. Posted in Our blog

... aren’t going well to blame management and no matter how lean the management is it always seems like a more appropriate way to wield the axe.  However, when my Mum asked for a transfer between teams within ...

A Busman's Holiday

Created on 04 August 2013. Posted in Our blog

... of the planning team in Torridge Council; both in terms of paying for the green itself and with the planning policy detailing how it should be supplemented by private developments. I thought it was great ...

The challenge of complexity

Created on 22 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... that extricating themselves from the arrangement will be very tricky. For example, if a local authority opts for joint teams with another organisation and then designs all of their processes around this ...

20 and Out

Created on 09 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... stole the enigmatic Frenchman from rivals Leeds and essentially built a team around him, seeing league winning glory inspired by his talisman who was at the heart of all that was great about that early ...

Podcast Episode 4 released

Created on 28 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

...  Bacon-servation team Eric Pickallily Hou-sin sauce   Closing  ...

I can't remember

Created on 24 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... IT training function, with that now being split up and taken on by other teams. I’m not saying here that those taking things forward aren’t capable in their own way, but this short exchange re-rang an ...

Your local online High Street

Created on 17 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... things like the Portas pilots and Town Team Partners which is very welcome indeed (if not really enough to fundamentally change the game). These fund high streets to improve themselves, encourage people ...

Professional problems

Created on 14 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... with the children’s social care team and yet has been unable to fix them. After all, they have their own professional responsibilities. The council have, in his opinion, invested substantial money in the ...

Dear ITV

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... have done.  If you want help fixing it we’re happy to lend a hand.  And unlike a private consultancy, we won’t even charge you for the privilege. Yours faithfully, The WLLG Team  ...

Channel 4 show us the way

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... Masterchef time) the intrepid news team would reveal true scale of local authority spending. For those who missed the revelations (you didn’t miss much) you can see the full storyhere. I’m not one ...

Pay the going rate or see the talent going

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... than the manager; how many football clubs would survive if that were the case?  Yes, they make the overall decisions on team direction and strategy, but it’s the players on the pitch who put that theory ...

Being Critical

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... to be managed by you – although ironically the uber-critical are for some reason the least self-aware about themselves, their work or often their team. Critical thinking is good; being simply critical ...

Bingo!

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... back, members of our team used the phrase “knock the data monkey out of the tree.” No one questioned it for a second. I also regularly block out free time on my diary using “TLA Meeting” (three letter ...

Do as I say, not as I mean

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... which defends my power base and will have jobs for those members of the team I think are good, or at least that I like We are going to do a root and branch review We’ll move a few things around ...

Can there be Council Officer Prodigies?

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... will help them on their local government service: leadership, teamwork, problem solving, communication, ambition, planning; all these things are core skills that will help them go far. As well as spending ...

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

Created on 19 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... rather than later. Now, football and politics aside, the two of us very rarely disagree too much (although their positive take on their team’s young players will forever be a bone of contention).  However, ...

The National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP)

Created on 19 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... career. It was meant to be a competitor to the gold-star quality Civil Service Fast Stream and in that spirit the bolder members of the NGDP team would often remark that they wanted to see a graduate of ...

Are the kids alright?

Created on 19 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

Lazy, good for nothing time wasters.  No, this isn’t a deserved rant against the England football team, it is paraphrasing the message delivered recently which discussed the productivity of local authority ...

E-mail: The great blight on productivity

Created on 19 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... e-mail. As the council said: Recognising this, our senior management team asked the ???? communications network to consider ways of reducing email traffic.  In response, the network members have ...