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To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 3

Created on 15 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... is full of some amazing minds doing great things; it can only be hoped that LGDS would be equally as packed with talent. Team members are often encouraged to work on projects outside of their normal duties ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 2

Created on 01 November 2015. Posted in Our blog

... will give us something. Digital development and progression of digital thinking must be everyone’s responsibility. Digital is not a separate thing which someone else does to your team; it needs to be ...

To LGDS or not to LGDS – Part 1

Created on 25 October 2015. Posted in Our blog

... government sector have looked on enviously at what was (at least perceived to be) a cross-cutting team taking on some huge challenges and who both weren't afraid to make sweeping changes but also had the ...

100 days in office and all that...

Created on 23 August 2015. Posted in Our blog

... call for saving suggestions & the implication of cuts of a further 40% is the latest horror story facing Council leaders & finance teams. The stark choices of service reductions, redundancies & ...

Taking it offline

Created on 27 May 2015. Posted in Our blog

... taking the back seat. One particular area I've discussed has been the way digital can improve internal communications. Whether it’s improving the way e-mail is delivered between teams, using social enterprise ...

A whole load of cuts

Created on 05 January 2015. Posted in Our blog

... North Dorset DC, Weymouth BC and Portland BC were to merge – as proposed – and share one executive and senior management team, up to £6m could be saved, according to the BBC. BBC News  24/10 Jobs ...

The Comms2point0 Unawards are coming...

Created on 10 November 2014. Posted in Our blog

... in four chance of walking off with the Big Prize. Big hoorays all round an an appearance in the staff magazine along with the service area you did good things for. In other words, the profile of your team ...

Cricket and Councils; more alike than you'd think

Created on 29 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... is about is committee meetings and form filling has clearly never spent any time working there. 2.       It’s a team game for individuals A cricket team is made up of eleven players, though a glance ...

talkSPORT and the centralised country

Created on 16 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... their sports radio stations are regional; based around cities or teams or localities. They don’t have big sports radio stations because they don’t, I posit, have national sports radio stations. This ...

LGA Conference 2014

Created on 11 July 2014. Posted in Our blog

... a great idea, but I’m guessing much of what was discussed with the team there was practical in nature rather than any hatching of long term shared strategic visions. That being said, if I needed support ...

Reflections on LocalGovCamp 2014

Created on 23 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... group) the team had risen to prominence and influence in the sector, and was starting to make some waves. However, the things I heard being discussed – creating more govcamps, networking, building up ...

8 things I learnt whilst on paternity leave

Created on 16 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

... e-mails and all manner of other things done during the day was pretty tough. 5) My diet sucks When you have a dependent you are very concious of the food you are giving them. I cooked, steamed, chopped ...

World Cup Sweepstake: Local Government Version

Created on 11 June 2014. Posted in Our blog

With the 2014 World Cup set to start later today even the most refusenik of local government employees will have already entered their team’s World Cup sweep stake. But just in case you are yet to choose ...

Ten things I know about Local Government

Created on 29 May 2014. Posted in Our blog

... of boards, groups, committees and management teams. Residents rarely grasp the complexities of things (and some would ask whether they even should have to), which often leads to a sense that the council ...

Taking Paternity Leave

Created on 16 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... I work for a local authority (thus not a small employer) and my work will be covered within the management team with some additional project support but nonetheless there is a small part of me that is ...

The death of policy?

Created on 02 March 2014. Posted in Our blog

... did policy (the implication being that local government wasn’t quite as good). Thinking that this disparity was only going to grow as the teams that do policy are reduced I tweeted it out. We got a couple ...

Reflections on #UKGC14

Created on 28 January 2014. Posted in Our blog

... resources. And that was just one session. Too often in our day jobs we work in the same small teams with the same people and miss out on the opportunity to bounce ideas off others in a larger group setting. ...

Central-Local 5: It’s good to talk

Created on 13 December 2013. Posted in Our blog

... dialogue such as local area agreements, community budgets and ‘City deals’; while the Department for Communities and Local Government has its locality teams, replicated on a smaller scale in some other ...