Archives for November 2001

EMPLOYMENT SERVICE ACHIEVES WORK-LIFE AWARD

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 November, 2001

The Employment Service’s commitment to the Government’s work life balance campaign has won it a prestigious award in the Employer of the Year Awards.The Employment Service won the public sector award for its acceptance that there are times in everyone’s life, not just those of parents, when life issues need to be accommodated.

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COUNCILS ON ROAD TO COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 November, 2001

A new survey suggests that councils are using partnership working and consultation techniques as key tools in getting to grips with their new statutory duty of community leadership.A Local Government Association survey among councils has revealed that many are embracing the new duty to produce community strategies.

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MANAGING FROM CLARITY

Book News, PublicNet: 29 November, 2001

By James L. Ritchie-Dunham and Hal T. RabbinoMost organizations can’t execute strategy. Complexity is their enemy. A shared model (vision) of the strategy is the best way to cut through complexity. Unfortunately, developing clear and compelling visions to guide organizations is an art mastered by very few leaders. System dynamics can make a science of visioning. Managing from Clarity provides a roadmap for introducing systems thinking to the organization. The book spells out how to build your strategic agenda and how to align your leadership team around it. It’s a snapshot of how strategy will be managed in the 21st Century.

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LEARNING BENEFITS FOR NHS STAFF

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 November, 2001

NHS workers are promised a step change in the level of training they are offered.Recognising that one of the key problems in the NHS is a shortage of trained people, existing staff are being offered training opportunities that should help them serve the NHS to their maximum potential.

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MANAGING RELATIONSHIPS TO SECURE SUCCESSFUL PFI PARTNERSHIPS

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 November, 2001

A good relationship between partners is an important ingredient of a successful PFI, according to a major survey of central government projects in progress.A report on the survey by the National Audit Office (NAO) concludes that as private finance initiatives are a long haul, with many changes made along the way, partners need mutual understanding and respect.

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SELF ESTEEM: THE COSTS AND CAUSES OF LOW SELF-WORTH

Book News, PublicNet: 28 November, 2001

By Nicholas EmlerLow self-esteem has become one of the most frequently repeated ‘explanations ‘ for social and personal problems ranging from young people’s involvement in violent crime to adult failures to succeed in business. But a major new review of research shows that many of the most commonly-held beliefs about low self-esteem are myths without reliable evidence to support them. Individuals who have an unjustifiably high opinion of themselves can, in many cases, pose a far greater threat to those around them than people whose sense of self-worth is unusually low. Relatively low self-esteem is not a risk factor for delinquency, violence towards others, drug use, alcohol abuse, educational under-attainment or racism. The most important influences on young people’s levels of self-esteem are their parents.

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PUBLIC SERVICE USERS MUST COME FIRST

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 November, 2001

Better public services must start from a better understanding of users and their needs, expectations and behaviours. This applies at the outset of policy development as well as in front line service delivery, according to new report by the Public Sector Productivity Panel (PSPP).The PSPP was established as part of the 1998 Pre-Budget Report process to advise on ways of improving the productivity and efficiency of Government Departments and public sector bodies.The report takes a new look at customer focus, in particular the need to shift radically the whole of an organisation – strategy, policy aas well as front line delivery – towards service users.

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Pre-Budget Report 2001

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 November, 2001

The Pre-Budget Report published by the Chancellor of the Exchequer has set out how the Government aims to balance the world economic slowdown with promises of vigorous investment in public services.In addition to holding to previous spending plans, the Chancellor announced a further one billion-pound allocation of resources to the NHS.

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COUNCILS SHORTLISTED AS BEACONS

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 November, 2001

The scheme to spread good practice across local authorities has shortlisted more than sixty councils for beacon status. In all, 130 applications were received from 94 councils.The service areas focussed on in this, the third round of beacon awards, include excellence or innovation in provision of community legal services, ability to foster business growth, use of libraries as a community resource and tackling fuel poverty.

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REGULATION-FREE SCHOOLS WILL RAISE STANDARDS

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 November, 2001

Further light has been shed by the Government on what it means when it says it wants to offer schools ‘greater autonomy’.The phrase appeared in the recent White Paper on education, which promised a raft of improvements, mainly aimed at secondary schools, and to build on what is seen as the success of measures to drive up children’s performance at primary school level.

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