Archives for May 20th, 2004

LEADING FOR INNOVATION

Book News, PublicNet: 20 May, 2004

Editors: Frances Hesselbein, Marshall Goldsmith, Iain Somerville.In this second volume of The Drucker Foundation’s Wisdom to Action Series, twenty-seven remarkable thought leaders help today’s leaders meet the challenge of releasing the power of innovation. Leading for Innovation brings together Clayton M. Christensen, Jim Collins, Howard Gardner, Charles Handy, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, C. William Pollard, Margaret Wheatley, and other thought leaders to offer practical guidance on leading organizations to a new dimension of performance. This collection of essays explores the unique qualities required to lead innovators, and shows you the way to develop a culture that promotes innovation. The contributors encourage thinking about innovation and describe how it is necessary to abandon practices that no longer work. They offer a wealth of thoughtful and incisive essays that will help leaders take their organizations and communities to a new level of excellence.

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COUNCILS URGED TO THINK RURAL

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 May, 2004

Local authority policies need to be ‘rural proofed’ according to a new study. The survey says meeting the needs of rural people and thinking through what could potentially affect those who work and live in the countryside is vital for local authorities. The report from the Local Government Association and Countryside Agency highlights how ‘rural proofing’ needs to be embedded more widely in local authority planning and delivery.The study, `Think Rural – a survey of rural proofing in local authorities’ found most English councils that took part felt the idea could be valuable in helping them deliver good, accessible services meeting the needs of rural people. The report goes on to encourage councils, and those involved in Local Strategic Partnerships, to take rural issues into account in all policy development, scrutiny processes and service delivery.

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BILL FOR MODERNISED CARE HOMES SECTOR PUT AT A BILLION POUNDS

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 May, 2004

A report out today says care homes for older people are still underfunded despite above-inflation increases in fees paid by local authorities. New calculations for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation show Councils are now paying close to the rate required for homes meeting the minimum level of facilities but that another billion pounds a year is needed across England to pay for fully modernised independent care homes.The report has been drawn up by William Laing, a health and community care analyst, who reported two years ago on the gap between council fees and the reasonable costs of running a good quality care home. His new findings show that since then many local authorities have increased the fees they pay by more than inflation and in a few cases by substantial amounts. No English council, though, has set a baseline rate appropriate for the more demanding standards set for new homes, registered after April 2002.

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