Archives for February 2011

LEADERSHIP RULES: HOW TO BECOME THE LEADER YOU WANT TO BE

Book News, PublicNet: 16 February, 2011

By Chris Widener.

This is an inspiring fable that champions leadership for the Everyman. It is a compelling new story showing what you give and get when you lead.

The story follows down-cast protagonist Mike Keller who, recently separated from his wife and demoted at work, must relocate to a rural factory-town in Texas. There, Mike encounters the deep-rooted traditions of Texas high school football, and in the process learns everything business school didn’t teach him about leadership from the most influential man in town-the local high school football coach.

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LATEST JOB FIGURES HIGHLIGHT CHALENGE OF MANAGING CUTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 February, 2011

The Labour Market Outlook from the last quarter of 2010, published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and KPMG, highlights the challenge facing public service managers, The Outlook shows that redundancies will rise sharply in the first quarter of 2011.

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PUBLIC SERVICE CONTRACTS OPEN UP TO SMALL COMPANIES AND THIRD SECTOR

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 February, 2011

A package of measures has been launched to allow small and medium sized enterprises, charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises to bid for public service contracts on a level playing field.

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LIBRARY OF PRODUCTIVITY OPPORTUNITIES

Abstracts, PublicNet: 14 February, 2011

The Local Government Group has collated a library of approaches adopted by councils to improve productivity. This library of ‘productivity opportunities’ offers a wealth of ideas. Many of them are not new in themselves. What is new is packaging them alongside each other to challenge how far councils are going in their pursuit and demonstration of productivity in their localities.

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MY LIFE IN LEADERSHIP

Book News, PublicNet: 11 February, 2011

By Frances Hesselbein.

Frances Hesselbein traces her development as a leader and reveals her remarkable personal story and the principles that have served and guided her well throughout her extraordinary life.

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COUNCILS GET CONTROL OF ASSESTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 February, 2011

Councils are to get freedom to sell, rent or share community owned assets bought with central government money, such as council buildings, shops and business parks. The ‘clawback rights’ restriction which stopped community and voluntary groups selling or changing the use of community land or buildings that were funded by government grant programmes is to be removed.

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RELEASING GRIP ON EMAILS COULD BOOST PRODUCTIVITY IN PUBLIC SECTOR

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 February, 2011

Unnecessarily tight restrictions on emails are putting confidential data at risk and impacting public sector productivity, according to a study by Virgin Media Business. Outdated limits on email size are making it difficult for staff to send large file attachments.

Virgin Media Business’ study of mailbox limitations in the public sector found that 69 per cent of workers cannot send or receive emails larger than 10 MB in size, and 89 per cent are unable to send or receive emails in excess of 15 MB. The average worker can only send emails of up to 12.5 MB in size and has just 140 MB of space in their mailbox. These tight restrictions mean that workers frequently find that they are unable to share big PDF documents, slideshows, images and video content.

In most cases people will attempt to reduce the size of the files that they are sending or call for help, creating extra work for the IT department and limiting how much time they can spend on driving productivity. However, the real concern is that other workers are taking things into their own hands. We’re seeing a trend towards staff uploading files to file sharing sites or sending them via personal webmail accounts. Whilst this ‘make do and mend’ approach may seem to work, staff could be unwittingly placing sensitive information at risk.

Restrictions on email size were originally introduced to conserve bandwidth, but advances in networking and communications technology mean that such tight limitations are no longer necessary. And with workers increasingly needing to share multimedia files with colleagues and customers, these limitations are becoming a real headache.

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3D POVERTY

Book News, PublicNet: 9 February, 2011

By Sonia Sodha and William Bradley.

Poverty measurement is almost by definition controversial: there is no single, universally accepted definition of poverty. The way we measure poverty, deprivation and social exclusion has been the focus of innovative work, but in the UK we still overwhelmingly focus on poverty as measured by income. This is a key time to be thinking about poverty measurement: the Field Review on Poverty and Life Chances has published a report which recommends a focus on the early years and broadens the outlook of poverty measurement.

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BONUS SCHEME FOR GPs FAILING TO DELIVER RESULTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 February, 2011

The bonus scheme that incentivises general practitioners to improve their services to patients is failing in some areas, because of poor oversight of the payments being made. This is the conclusion of the Audit Commission which examined how the Department of Health’s Quality and Outcomes Framework is working.

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SPENDING CUTS PUT SHARED SERVICES ON THE AGENDA

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 February, 2011

The reluctance of many councils to explore the opportunities for greater efficiency through sharing back office and other services has been overcome as a result of shrinking budgets.

A survey of senior local authority managers by Browne Jacobson found that nine in ten councils are looking to share more front line services in the next two years. Almost two-thirds will target back office functions and 68 per cent front line services in the next year. Some 85 per cent of local authorities might also consider outsourcing on a service by service basis whilst 78 per cent would also consider setting up a joint venture with the private sector. Environmental and social care services are the two most popular areas where senior managers would consider sharing.

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