Archives for January 14th, 2004

THE CENTRE FOR CREATIVE LEADERSHIP: HANDBOOK OF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Book News, PublicNet: 14 January, 2004

Editors: D McCauley and Ellen Van VelsorThe Center for Creative Leadership is the world’s largest institution devoted exclusively to leadership research and education. For more than three decades, CCL has studied and trained hundreds of thousands of executives and worked with them to create practical models, tools, and publications for the development of effective leaders and leadership. This second edition of The Center for Creative Leadership Handbook of Leadership Development brings together the wealth of practical knowledge that CCL has gained from this experience. It explores the essence of leadership development, reveals how individuals can effectively enhance their leadership skills, and demonstrates what organizations can do to help build leaders and leadership capacity. The book also includes a companion CD-ROM that contains a library of classic CCL publications for practicing leaders.

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PRIVATE SECTOR EXPANDS TECHNOLOGY ROLE IN PUBLIC SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 14 January, 2004

Public services are increasingly turning to private companies for information technology support. A survey by the Telewest / Economist Intelligence Unit on business attitudes towards Information and Communication Technology found that 16% of public sector organisations spent 25-50% of their Information and Communications Technology (ICT) budget on managed services in 2003. This compares to 11% in the private sector. The findings show that IT administrators and procurement departments across the public sector are beginning to overcome initial doubts and are moving to embrace new business practices.Christopher Small, public sector director at Telewest Business, said: ” We’ve noticed a definite change in attitudes within the public sector over the past year, and it seems that organisations have realised the time and, ultimately, cost savings afforded by outsourcing ICT projects. New managed technology services such as Broadband are becoming a viable option for public sector organisations to connect small sites and remote working. For individuals who work from home the technology encourages a greater work/life balance.”

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NATIONAL POLICE TRAINING GETS A CAUTION

Headlines, PublicNet: 14 January, 2004

Centrex, the new independent national police training body, set up in 2002 to replace a Home Office run training organisation, is severely criticised in a report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary. Centrex is an abbreviation for Centre of Excellence and its mission is to become the key strategic partner for the Police Service in learning and development. The report highlights failure at corporate governance and management levels and calls for immediate action to remedy strategic weaknesses. The Chief Constable of Merseyside Police has been appointed as the new Chief Executive and will take up his post later in the year. An interim Chief Executive is currently in post.The main differences between Centrex and the National Police Training organization it replaced are that it does not receive direction and strategy as a department of the Home Office and it operates independently as an Non Departmental Public Body. Centrex designs and delivers training and development with a focus on career-long learning from Probationer through to Chief Constable, as well as promoting British policing overseas. It develops national doctrine through the National Centre for Policing Excellence and supports the creation and provision of national learning programmes. It is a major supplier of products and services to law enforcement organisations in over 60 countries

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