Archives for July 6th, 2006

MASTERING VIRTUAL TEAMS: STRATEGIES, TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES

Book News, PublicNet: 6 July, 2006

By Deborah L. Duarte and Nancy Tennant Snyder.The authors offer a toolkit for leaders and members of virtual teams. The revised and expanded edition includes a CD-ROM with useful resources that allow virtual teams to access and use the book’s checklists, assessments, and other practical tools quickly and easily. The new edition includes updated guidelines, strategies, and best practices for working effectively with virtual teams across time and distance to see a project through. The useful tools, exercises, and real-life examples show how anyone can master the unique dynamics of virtual team participation in an environment where the old rules no longer apply.

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CALL FOR COUNCILS TO DO MORE TO PROMOTE GREENER MOTORING

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 July, 2006

Local authorities are accused today of not doing enough to help motorists make greener, cleaner personal transport choices. The RAC Foundation says one in five car journeys do not need to be made by car but authorities need to do more to promote green motoring and it is calling on councils to stop viewing all motorists as intruders.Edmund King, executive director of the Foundation will tell the Local Government Association conference in Bournemouth today that over the past ten years the number of trips made by car has risen by three per cent and the distance travelled by 10 per cent but 20 per cent of car journeys could be made by other means.

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KELLY USHERS IN ERA OF TRUST AND ‘UNPRECEDENTED DEVOLUTION’

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 July, 2006

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Ruth Kelly has heralded a new era of trust between central and local government and believes that together they can usher in a new and unprecedented era of devolution. She outlined a shift from ‘earned autonomy’ to ‘presumed autonomy’ and from a process-driven to a people-driven system.As a practical step she told delegates to the Local Government Association Conference that she was setting up a group to reduce burdens on local government. The new Lifting Burdens Taskforce will be chaired by Michael Frater, Chief Executive of Telford and the Wrekin and will draw its membership from local practitioners. “It will tell us which requirements cause the most aggravation on the ground and which add the least value and then to agree packages of burden reduction with central government through the Central Local Partnership,” she said. .

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