HOW TO BE A LEADER WITH EDGE

Features: May 31st, 2013

Strong leadership is intrinsically linked to success, yet many organisations fall short of their potential because they do not equip their staff with the necessary skills to lead effectively. Annie Richardson explains that while all leaders have the ability to manage, only a small portion of managers have the necessary skills to become strong leaders, leaders with edge, and this has a stifling  effect.

I recently sat down and had a discussion with a CEO of a large multinational company. He was explaining to me how at first he thought it was a compliment when others said how ‘nice’ his staff were. However in reality, and something that soon dawned on him…his people were too nice. They had a soft touch, were missing opportunities, and were being taken advantage of. From our discussion, it was concluded that he needed ‘leaders with edge.’

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PUBLIC SECTOR PRODUCTIVITY

Features: May 23rd, 2013

Measuring productivity in the public sector is extremely difficult and Ryan Bourne and Tim Knox explain why. They argue that means must be found for measuring and improving productivity to avoid an ever increasing tax burden.

It is a generally accepted fact that in the long run, what matters for prosperity is improvements in productivity driven by innovation. Taking steps to improve potential productivity growth as a means of raising the trend growth of the economy is thus an important rationale for meaningful supply-side reforms.

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USING TECHNOLOGY IN THE QUEST FOR FURTHER EDUCATION SUCCESS

Features: May 17th, 2013

Capita’s Rob Elliott discusses how technology can help colleges meet KPIs and maximise their chances of long-term viability and success.

As part of substantial reforms to post-16 education, the introduction of a new FE Commissioner could see tough action for any further education college that has an inadequate rating, misses minimum standards of performance or has financial problems. This could include a change of governors,  loss of power over decisions around staff or expenditure – and ultimately, colleges could be closed.

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TECHNOLOGY KEY TO ACCURATE FORECASTING OF DEMAND FOR SCHOOL PLACES

Features: May 10th, 2013

Phil Neal explores the challenge facing local authorities in predicting local availability of school places and discusses how the use of technology can help them meet families’ needs.

In many areas, the shortage of primary school places is a cause for concern that can generate anxiety among families seeking to secure a place for their child in their first choice school.

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CHANGING MINDSETS

Features: May 3rd, 2013

With the Public Sector going under a period of extensive change, Bryan McCrae, leading organisational psychologist, explains how a change in mind-set can help employees stay positive, even during these tough times.

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CHANNEL SHIFT: SPEEDING UP THE LONG GAME

Features: April 30th, 2013

How should public sector organisations approach channel shift to ensure they deliver significant, ongoing efficiency gains and public benefits?  Brett Husbands shows how to gently convert people to using online channels in real time to achieve true service transformation. 

For many local government organisations, there is a gap between aspiration and reality when it comes to realising their channel shift programmes.  They can see their ultimate goal of a self-service model for public interactions, and many organisations have already made headway in this by offering a select number of services online.  But how should they extend these initial footings to build a solid foundation for pervasive online interaction?

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PF2: A NEW APROACH TO PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP?

Features: April 26th, 2013

James Larmour of Freeth Cartwright considers HM Treasury’s “Standardisation of PF2 Guidance”

The PFI has always been subject to criticism, but is now something a pariah. Once New Labour’s preferred procurement technique for capital infrastructure, PFI is seemingly unloved by the Conservative party which created it. So much so that in November 2011 the Chancellor announced the Government’s intention in to undertake a fundamental reassessment of PFI. The result is PF2. But as the name suggests PF2 is not fundamentally different to its predecessor.

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THE STATE OF ePROCUREMENT

Features: April 12th, 2013

As the public sector prepares for mandatory eProcurement in 2016, Pedro Paulo, discusses the technology and drivers, plus how this technology will strengthen public sector purchasing.

The stark economic climate caused by the global financial crisis has caused organisations to examine any areas which can offer potential cost savings and boost efficiency.

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THE PAPERLESS NHS STARTS WITH YOUR FILING CABINET

Features: April 5th, 2013

How can primary care organisations, community trusts and GP surgeries get the better of vastly better-funded local Trusts? By starting to move paper to a much more seamless, integrated, mobile-friendly way of helping patients, says Brian Gannon, Head of Business Development at technology firm Kainos

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NO ONE IN THE NHS WANTS TO BE AN APRIL FOOL

Features: March 22nd, 2013

Under-funding and fragmented strategies have left healthcare IT systems severely wanting. Many hospital systems depend on networks put in when the building was constructed. In this article Mark Pearce explains how wireless networks can overcome these
drawbacks and get information quickly to clinical staff.

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