PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST

Book News: January 10th, 2008

This document sets out a vision for major reform of the adult social care system. It presents a shared vision and commitment to the transformation of adult services. The ultimate goal is that every locality will have a single community based support system focused on the health and wellbeing of the local population. This will involve bringing together local Government, primary care, community based health provision, public health and social care. It will also require the joining up of the wider issues of housing, employment, benefits advice and education and training.

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INDICES OF DEPRIVATION 2007

Book News: January 8th, 2008

Communities and Local Government have updated the 2004 deprivation indices, which present a picture of a range of economic, social and housing issues at local authority district level and county council level.

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TECHNOLOGY AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF SOCIAL PROTECTION

Book News: December 20th, 2007

This report from Kable says that the existing system is struggling to deliver complex programmes of benefits and care and that the situation is made more difficult by the diversity of providers.

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GIVING NOTICE: WHY THE BRIGHTEST AND BEST ARE LEAVING

Book News: December 18th, 2007

By Freada and Kapor Klein

The authors make the hurdles that women and minorities face in the workplace as personal to the reader as they are to those who face them. Giving Notice is filled with sensible approaches for solving the current imbalance and challenges us to rethink unconscious ideas about stereotypes and commonly accepted practices.

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LINE MANAGERS IN REWARD, LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Book News: December 13th, 2007

By Sue Hutchinson

The main message from this report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development is that line managers need to be recognised as strategic partners of Human Resource professionals.

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ESCAPE THE MID-CAREER DOLDRUMS

Book News: December 11th, 2007

By Marcia L. Worthing and Charles A. Buck.

The authors set out a step-by-step process to help get the bored, burned out, retired, or fired, back on track.

Everyone deserves a second chance at a great career. That’s why Escape the Mid-Career Doldrums offers a step-by-step process that will help mid-career professionals get back on track. Whether the reason is downsizing, poor job decisions, too much stress, lack of job security, or looming retirement, millions of mid-career professionals are unhappy and need a change. This handy guide is for anyone in the same situation-bored, burned out, retired, or fired-who wants to turn their professional life around.

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SHARED SERVICES IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Book News: December 6th, 2007

Despite the pressure for local councils to follow the lead of the private sector and develop shared service and partnership arrangements, the barriers in terms of culture, differences in priorities across councils and lack of experience are formidable. Yet this is the most likely source of meeting government targets for reduced overheads and improved organizational effectiveness.

By using extensive case studies drawn from across local councils in England, Ray Tomkinson explains the implications of sharing service delivery, addresses concerns about loss of control and accountability, and demonstrates the potential advantages. He shows how to set up collaborative ventures, formal partnerships, shared service centres or special purpose vehicles, while pointing out possible pitfalls, thus enabling senior managers to follow all the necessary project steps to create an appropriate
shared service. The author seeks to examine the evidence of the cost, effectiveness and quality improvements achieved from sharings.

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THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF LEADERSHIP

Book News: December 4th, 2007

By Stephen Denning

The book introduces the concept of narrative intelligence – an ability to understand and act and react agilely in the quicksilver world of interacting narratives.

It shows why this is key to the central task of leadership, what its dimensions are, and how you can measure it. The book’s lucid explanations, vivid examples and practical tips are essential reading for chief executives, managers, change agents, politicians, teachers, parents – anyone who is setting out to the change the world.

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INCOME BOOST FOR TRAINING PROFESSIONALS

Book News: November 29th, 2007

The survey of income trends for human resources professionals from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development shows that for the first time in ten years, training professionals earn higher than the average HR salary. The survey also found that one of the main reasons HR professionals working in the public sector experience low levels of engagement is due to bad management.

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MOMENTUM: IGNITING SOCIAL CHANGE IN THE CONNECTED AGE

Book News: November 22nd, 2007

By Allison Fine

The author looks at a new and empowering ways of approaching and organizing social change. How can we move from serving soup until our elbows ache to solving chronic social ills like hunger or homelessness? How can we break the disastrous cycle of low expectations that leads to chronic social failures?

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