Archives for July 18th, 2006

COURAGE: THE BACKBONE OF LEADERSHIP

Book News, PublicNet: 18 July, 2006

By Gus Lee and Diane Elliott-LeeThis book captures the essential component of leadership in measurable behaviours. Using actual stories from WorldCom and other organizations, Lee shows how highly successful executives face and overcome their fears to develop moral intelligence. These real-world examples offer practical lessons for rooting out unethical practices and behaviors by assessing them for rightness and integrity, addressing moral failures and following through with dialogue and direct action.

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CONSULTATION BEGINS ON SMOKE-FREE PUBLIC SPACES

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 July, 2006

The Government is beginning consultations on draft regulations to crate smoke-free buildings and vehicles. Legislation which is due to be introduced in England next summer will see almost all enclosed public places and workplaces becoming smoke-free.Public Health Minister Caroline Flint, who announced the consultation, said the regulations would protect people from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke at work or during their leisure time, as well as providing smokers with an environment that would make it easier for them to give up the habit. The consultation is wide-ranging and covers the details of how the legislation will be implemented and enforced. Views are being sought on issues such as possible exemptions and what signs will be required in smoke-free establishments.

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MOST COMPLAINTS ON STANDARDS NOW DEALT WITH AT LOCAL LEVEL

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 July, 2006

The majority of complaints about breaches of standards in public life are now being dealt with at a local level, according to the annual report of the Standards Board for England. The devolution of responsibility for the ethical agenda and increased local ownership are the key themes in the review.It says most cases are now being dealt with locally and there are plans for the introduction of a system of local assessment of complaints by 2008.The Standards Board says it is committed to increasing the number of investigations at a local level and providing training, support and guidanceto local authorities to help make this possible.

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