Archives for June 8th, 1998

Anatomy of a vision statement

Abstracts, PublicNet: 8 June, 1998

Lucas J R
Management Review, (USA), Feb 98 (87/2) Start page: 22 No of pages: 5

Points to examples of the platitudinous nature of some vision statements; dismisses arguments against the need for an organizational vision, listing reasons why one is required, e.g. to guide or to inspire. Indicates characteristics of illusory visions, stressing that ‘fictitious’ statements can lead to reduced morale; discusses critical components of a visioning process, from the organization knowing what it is before deciding on where it is going through to supporting the vision’s implementation. Adumbrates elements of a vision statement.

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Urgent action called for after children at risk go unserved by Social Services

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 June, 1998

Management, planning and policy have all been found wanting in a damning report on services for children in the North East of England.

The report by the Social Services Inspectorate says the Kingston upon Hull Council needs to take urgent action to tackle a range of issues, such as children judged at risk but without allocated social workers, the number of children in care, and the lack of early help for troubled families.

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Public sector managers get on-line information service

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 June, 1998

An e-mail service bringing news, feature articles and pointers to other sources of information is launched today. The new service, Publicnet Briefing, complements the well-established Publicnet web site, visited regularly by people across the world interested in the governance and management of public services.

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Standards in Public Life – Government Action Plan

Book News, PublicNet: 8 June, 1998

The Action Plan sets out the Government’s response to the Fourth Nolan Report. It gives guidance to central departments, non departmental public bodies, NHS bodies and training and enterprise councils. Topics covered include: defining the tasks and qualities for public appointments, advertising appointments, criteria for selection and conflict of interest.
The Report is available at www.coi.gov.uk/coi/depts/GCO/GCO.html
Hard copies can be obtained from the Cabinet Office 0171 270 1892.

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