Archives for August 18th, 2003

LEADING WITHOUT POWER – FINDING HOPE IN SERVING COMMUNITY

Book News, PublicNet: 18 August, 2003

By Max De PreeThe book speaks to the very purpose of organizations and our lives. Max De Pree finds that the most successful organizations operate not as controlled collections of human resources, but as dynamic communities of free people. And in order to mobilize these communities, leaders must know how to lead without power, because free people follow willingly or not at all. In today’s information and knowledge-based world, where the true assets go home at night, leaders can no longer force loyalty, they must win it.

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FAILURE TO WORK TOGETHER COMPROMISES SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 August, 2003

Core services in many deprived neighbourhoods are compromised by a failure of partners to work with each other, with local people and with organisations from other sectors. Neighbourhood management is seen as an effective response to this failure to join up. Applications for the second round of the Neighbourhood Management Pathfinder Programme will have to offer a cohesive response to local issues, set out lines of accountability to a local partnership and be focused on driving improvements to local services.The aim of the Programme is to narrow the gap between target neighbourhoods and the rest of the country in the key floor target areas of health, employment, crime, education, housing and environment.

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT CAPACITY GAP EXPOSED

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 August, 2003

The capacity of councils to meet the demands of the 21st century have been called into question by a report from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Significant gaps were found in e-government and managing the new political processes following the ending of the committee system.The main gaps for council officers were found to be in e-government, including lack of knowledge about how ICT can be applied, lack of people who understand how to respond strategically and corporately to the e-government agenda and lack of skill in procuring ICT. Partnership working skills are also lacking and this includes consensus building, negotiating and influencing, and knowledge of issues such as policy and funding developments, forms of partnerships that add most value and ways of overcoming barriers to partner engagement. Risk taking is another gap area and this includes failure to challenge existing ways of delivering services and willingness to implement radical changes. The other major gap is in community engagement, particularly a lack of knowledge about how to empower local communities, carry out local needs analysis and manage conflict.

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