Archives for March 16th, 2006

ORGANIZING GENIUS: THE SECRETS OF CREATIVE COLLABORATION

Book News, PublicNet: 16 March, 2006

By Warren G. BennisThis is a collection of stories of the critical issues of the 21st century for managers. The book focuses on “collaborative advantage” by turning individual talent into teamwork. It captures the spirit of discovery that pervades “Great Groups”. It describes the free-form organization of such teams, more interested in their mission than their hierarchy. The book also illuminates the roles of a “Great Group” leader as a gatherer of talent, a source of inspiration and a bridge to the outside world.

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JOURNAL TO FOCUS ON MEDICAL ETHICS IN DAY-TO-DAY PRACTICE

Headlines, PublicNet: 16 March, 2006

A new journal is launched today to bring issues of medical ethics to practitioners and service users. “Clinical Ethics” will be produced quarterly by the Royal Society of Medicine, which hopes the new publication will be of use everyday in the workplace.The journal will cover ethical issues as they relate to health care delivery, research and policy and the RSM wants it to provide a forum for cross-disciplinary research and debate on relevant contemporary matters. Its emphasis will be on how ethics are, and should be, applied in clinical practice. It will be published quarterly with the first edition being available free online at www.clinicalethics.co.uk as a sample.

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MEMBERS OUTSIDE COUNCIL EXECUTIVES ‘FEEL THEY HAVE NO SAY’

Headlines, PublicNet: 16 March, 2006

Councillors who are not members of their authority’s ruling executive feel they have no say in decisions and they regret the passing of the old committee system, according to a study by the Local Government Information Unit, published today by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The study does, though, highlight how many local authorities are helping non-executive members to enhance their role as community leaders.Under the Local Government Act of 2000 most local councils replaced the committee system with new executive structures comprising the full council, the executive, overview and scrutiny functions and, in some cases, area committees or forums. Today’s report shows how the new structures can broaden the involvement of frontline councillors and ensure that they bring the views of local people and their neighbourhoods to bear in decision taking.

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