Archives for March 21st, 2006

THE LEADERSHIP CRASH COURSE

Book News, PublicNet: 21 March, 2006

By Paul TaffinderThe focus of the book is creating personal leadership value. It is a hard-hitting day-to-day guide to help managers gain insight into their own leadership, then develop and hone the right skills to become powerful leaders. Genuine leadership makes a huge, often crucial, difference to the value that strategy, structure and organization offer. It moves things forward, it inspires action, it changes the world, it maximizes the likelihood of growth, attainment and success. The book offers access to insightful personal cases and real examples of both success and failure. It also guides readers in analysing their own strengths and weaknesses and systematically building personal capability to create leadership value.

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COUNTY COUNCIL LEADS WAY ON GREEN FUEL USE

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 March, 2006

Somerset County Council and the county’s police force have taken delivery of cars that use a new alcohol-based fuel. The 40-strong fleet will use a bioethanol-based product and it is estimated that they will cut carbon dioxide emissions in the county by an estimated 120 tonnes a year.The cars are among only a handful in the country that can use the newly-available ‘E85’ fuel, which consists of 85 per cent bioethanol and 15 per cent petrol. So far there is just one ‘eco’ fuel pump, which was opened in Norfolk last week but more are expected to follow soon in Somerset.

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NEW BEACON THEMES ANNOUNCED

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 March, 2006

The Government has announced the ten new themes under which Best Value local authorities will be able to bid for Beacon status under round eight of the scheme. The new headings were revealed when The Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, and Local Government Minister, Phil Woolas, met representatives of winning authorities at the seventh annual Beacon Scheme awards ceremony.The successful round seven Beacon councils will share funding worth 3 million pounds to improve their work in sharing best practice and encouraging further innovation in local government. The scheme has this year seen the highest number of awards so far with a total of 61 being presented to 85 authorities. Those awards were made across 10 themes, including Waste and Recycling, Positive Youth Engagement, Improving Rural Services and Transforming the Delivery of Services through Partnerships.

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