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The challenge of complexity

Created on 22 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

I was recently asked what I thought was the biggest strategic challenge facing local government. Resisting the temptation to say anything with the words ‘fiscal’, ‘tightening’, ‘cuts’ or ‘Eric Pickles’ ...

Episode 5 - The one where we had the long awaited sequel to The King's Speech

Created on 14 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

We are five! Well, the podcast is anyway. Yes, it's time for us to release another episode of meandering thoughts and conversations, which you can get either via i-tunes or listen to directly at ...

20 and Out

Created on 09 May 2013. Posted in Our blog

... once again shared his thoughts with Garth Crooks. Every now and then we in local government may disagree with each other, but it is a rare day when both parties fully back down and agree to move on with ...

Podcast Episode 4 released

Created on 28 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

On the off-chance that you're not already a subscriber, we thought you might be interested to know that Episode 4 of the our podcast is now available to be beamed into your ears through the mp3 player ...

Anecdote corner – Week 1: Working with Members

Created on 14 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... there. If this works and we get enough comments we’ll try and feature them in a blog post and see if we can learn something from the humble anecdote. This week we thought we’d start with an easy one: ...

How to outfox a local government chief executive

Created on 09 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... as the piece really didn’t tell me how to out-fox a Chief Executive I thought I’d give it a go. So without further ado please find the We Love Local Government guide to outfoxing a local authority Chief ...

12 Things I learnt about podcasting

Created on 03 April 2013. Posted in Our blog

... which some local authorities are (hopefully) beginning to look into I thought I’d share some of the very early lessons I’ve learnt so far. 1.    It’s not as easy as you think. What can be hard about ...

The Lazy journalist index

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... after much thought I have decided to suck it up and not let down the people who have sent us e-mails etc. On the issue of ranking I have decided to us a very basic system and just give you the three top ...

Dear ITV

Created on 20 March 2013. Posted in Our blog

... (both personal and professional) could at best be described as shoddy, though incompetent would arguably be closer to the mark.  Your ‘reporter’ (although I’m sure we could have thought up a few more appropriate ...