Archives for November 29th, 2005

REAL LEADERSHIP

Book News, PublicNet: 29 November, 2005

By Dean WilliamsMuch of what passes for “good leadership” today only appears effective because people are blindly following their leaders. But when organizations face tough challenges, leaders often offer false solutions and sidestep harsh realities, distracting the people from the real work of progress. “Real Leadership” mobilizes people to face reality and address the organization or community’s most pressing challenge. It is this primary threat or opportunity that must be confronted for success to unfold. Williams shows how real leaders help people shift their values, habits, practices, and priorities to accommodate changing conditions and new demands.

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IT INITIATIVE COULD BE FIRST STEP TO SHARED SUPPORT SERVICES IN SCOTLAND

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 November, 2005

The Scottish Executive has joined forces with private enterprise to offer shared ICT services to all Scotland’s public agencies. The initiative – Scots Connect – is being seen as a possible first step in sharing support that could lead to big savings and change the running of the Scottish public sector.Scots Connect brings together the Executive and private sector partners Objective and LogicaCMG. They have developed ICT systems they believe are robust, reliable and suited to the needs of the public sector. The Executive’s Permanent Secretary John Elvidge said they now wanted public sector agencies to consider if the systems met their needs. By adopting them, he said, agencies could avoid costly work on developing their own ICT solutions.

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VIEWS SOUGHT ON FUTURE OF LOCAL SERVICES INSPECTION SYSTEM

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 November, 2005

A consultation paper has been launched to gather opinions on the future of inspection for local services. It is designed to start a debate on the role of local services inspection, including the Audit Commission, beyond 2008, when a number of existing programmes come to an end.The consultation was announced by Local Government Minister Phil Woolas and it will build on the document “Securing better outcomes: developing a new performance framework”, which was published last March. The Government wants to see a new performance framework that drives the delivery of services and that better balances national pressures and priorities with stronger local accountability and partnership delivery. It believes this is an essential part of progress towards clearer lines of accountability, more power for local people and less bureaucracy.

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