Archives for September 18th, 2003

THE INSPIRATIONAL LEADER

Book News, PublicNet: 18 September, 2003

By John AdairJohn Adair’s three-circle model of action-centred leadership has now been absorbed into management cultures. It has influenced the leadership styles of individuals around the world, and is at the core of management training and development for many organizations. The book reinforces his argument that leaders are not born but made. Taking the form of conversations between a young chief executive and the author, it explores the nature and practice of leadership. Each aspect of leadership is studied and discussed, so that the key skills are revealed for anyone to adopt and use to inspire and encourage others. Thought provoking and accessible, it will help develop the qualities to be an inspiring leader.

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CASH TO PROMOTE E-INNOVATION

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 September, 2003

Councils will soon be able to bid for funding to support innovative e-government projects. Bids will be accepted for ‘cutting edge’ schemes which look beyond the 2005 target to get all services on line.The first round of the e-innovations funding will be targeted at projects in priority areas. These include: E-Learning systems used to share information and good practice, staff development and better use of e-government to improve services; Innovative use of technology to improve services and using e-government to reach people who are socially excluded and so reduce the digital divide. Projects which make better use of technology to improve internal business in councils will also be considered.

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GETTING VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY SECTORS ON BOARD TO DELIVER PUBLIC SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 September, 2003

The Home Office is providing funds to help voluntary and community bodies develop their organizations for the delivery of public services. A consultation paper seeking views on the shape of a strategy tocreate an effective infrastructure for voluntary and community organisations has also been published. Announcing the developments, Home Office Minister Fiona Mactaggart called for more partnership working with the voluntary sector in the delivery of public services.The Home Office moves were prompted by a critical Treasury cross cutting review which found that the VCS infrastructure was patchy in distribution and in quality and that this was a barrier to increasing VCS involvement in service delivery. It recommended that “Government and the VCS should develop a coherent shared strategy to underpin capacity in the sector”.

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