Archives for January 11th, 2001

NEW YEAR – NEW FUTURE?

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 January, 2001

One of the biggest challenges facing public service planners is forecasting the future. A new pamphlet by Bob Tyrrell, former head of the Henley Centre for Forecasting, offers some pointers to the forces that will influence change over the next twenty years.Among the light-hearted predictions is the resignation of Tony Blair as Prime Minister, exhausted and seemingly broken by seven years in office.

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GAP NARROWING BETWEEN BEST AND WORST

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 January, 2001

Optimists may well see the effectiveness of the best value initiative demonstrated in latest performance indicators on public services.The Audit Commission’s annual report on English councils, and on English and Welsh police and fire services, shows some narrowing of the gaps between best and worst performers.

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LEADERSHIP AND LEARNING ORGANISATION

Abstracts, PublicNet: 11 January, 2001

Mahoney RThe Learning Organization, (UK), 2000 Vol 7 No 5

Start page: 241. No of pages: 3

Argues that leadership must occur at all levels in an organization if it is to be a learning organization, and that all employees must be encouraged to comment on and participate in decisions. Based on personal experience of working in many UK organizations in both the public and private sectors, gives his views on the possibility of deriving a template of what makes a good leader (impossible); on how to lead people effectively; and how to test whether the organization in which one works is a learning organization. Underlines that it is the responsibility of all employees to create a learning organization, not just the chief executive. Also gives brief advice on bringing outside consultants to help with the change to a learning organization.

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