Archives for April 12th, 2005

BECOMING A STRATEGIC LEADER

Book News, PublicNet: 12 April, 2005

By Richard L. Hughes and Katherine M. Beatty.Today’s organizations face difficult challenges with the quickening pace of change, increasing uncertainty, growing ambiguity, and complexity. To meet these challenges, organizations must broaden the scope of leadership responsibility for strategic leadership and engage more people in the process of leadership. In Becoming a Strategic Leader the authors from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) offer executives and managers a handbook for implementing a strategic leadership process that reaches leaders at all levels of organizations. Based on CCL’s successful Developing the Strategic Leader Program, this book outlines the framework of strategic leadership and contains practical suggestions on how to develop the individual, team, and organizational skills needed for institutions to become more adaptable, flexible, and resilient. The authors also show how individual managers can exercise effective strategic leadership through their distinctive and systemic approach-thinking, acting, and influencing.

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CITY STUDIES HOW TO DIVERSIFY NIGHT TIME ECONOMY

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 April, 2005

Councillors in Leicester will this week complete hearing evidence in an inquiry into the city’s night time economy. A final public meeting tomorrow will hear views on a range of topics and the city has also examined how other local authorities are dealing with the issue.The work is being carried out at the request of the City Council’s Strategic Planning and Regeneration Scrutiny Committee, which believes that a diverse nightlife would benefit the economic and environmental wellbeing of the city and its people. Members believe there is a commonly held view that Leicester’s night time economy is dominated by bars and restaurants and that it lacks non-alcohol based activities, such as cinemas and theatres.

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WALES TO HAVE SINGLE OMBUDSMAN FOR PUBLIC SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 April, 2005

Wales is to have a single Ombudsman to deal with complaints about public services. The ‘one-stop’ service will come into effect in April next year, talking on the roles currently carried out by three separate officers in a drive for a more customer-focused service.The new Public Services Ombudsman for Wales will offer people a single point of contact for complaints about the actions and services of a range of public agencies in Wales. The new post will replace the offices of the Local Government Ombudsman, the Health Service Commissioner for Wales and the Welsh Administration Ombudsman.

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