Archives for June 13th, 2002

CREDIBILITY: HOW LEADERS GAIN IT AND LOOSE IT

Book News, PublicNet: 13 June, 2002

By M. Kouzes and Barry Z. PosnerThe book shows why leadership is above all a relationship, with credibility as the cornerstone. Best-selling authors Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner reveal six key disciplines and practices that work to strengthen a leader’s capacity for development and sustaining credibility by relating rich examples and stories of real managers in action.

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WATCHDOG CALLS FOR A SHARPER APPROACH TO NEIGHBOURHOOD RENEWAL

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 June, 2002

The Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy launched eighteen months ago is not narrowing the gap between the most deprived neighbourhoods and the rest of the country as well as it might. This is the conclusion of the Audit Commission in its policy paper ‘Policy Focus: Neighbourhood Renewal’.The renwal strategy requires organisations to change their policies, spending patterns, services and the way people access services to meet the needs of those living in deprived areas. Some are not responding well. There is an absence of a common message coming from Government. A survey revealed that 53 per cent of local strategic partnership members think that government departments are inconsistent in their approach to neighbourhood renewal. The survey also showed that only 36 per cent see the neighbourhood renewal strategy as ‘a fundamental shift in regeneration policy’.

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LOCAL STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS STRUGGLING TO SUCCEED

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 June, 2002

Local strategic partnerships, which bring together councils, the health service, central departments as well as the private, business, community and voluntary sectors, are making progress, but they have to do more to transform the vision into real differences for local people. This is the conclusion of research by INLOGOV carried out for the Local Government Association and the Improvement and Development Agency.Councils are using the partnership mechanism to develop their leadership role and the other partners accept this leadership. But the researchers found that there are tensions within partnerships, particularly between the councils and the voluntary and community sectors.

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