• Feedback – the breakfast of champions?

    24 February 2021

    Asking for and offering feedback is underappreciated, but beneficial to all sides in the recruitment process, says Martin Tucker.

  • Working together in perfect harmony

    24 February 2021

    Teams are a blend of personalities and attributes that work together in harmony, 'so don’t assume you won’t fit if you have slightly different skills and experience', says Adele Taylor.

  • Flexing practice in response to COVID in Surrey

    17 February 2021

    Rachael Wardell reveals how promoting flexibility in Surrey CC’s usual practice is one of the biggest changes in the way children's services have responded to the impact of the pandemic.

  • Simple tips for success

    17 February 2021

    Liz Bruce offers tips on what it takes to ‘get there, survive and thrive’ as a director of adult social care.

  • Insiders only 

    05 February 2021

    Blair Mcpherson explains why he believes business sector high flyers decide local government is not for them.

  • Work and wellbeing in a COVID world

    03 February 2021

    Gemma Stevenson-Coupe emphasises the importance of ensuring the mental health and wellbeing of yourself and your colleagues as the pandemic forcibly changes the environment we live and work in.

  • Workforce planning for a post-COVID world

    27 January 2021

    Helen Anderson says we need to use this year to start building for the future and ensuring our workforce is ready for the challenges ahead.

  • Appreciating the true value of our people

    27 January 2021

    COVID-19 has changed the way most people work. West Midlands Combined Authority’s strategy is to support staff to do whatever enables them to be the best they can be, as Tracy Walters explains.

  • Unprecedented, but definitely not on Mute

    20 January 2021

    Julie Towers of Penna looks back on 2020 and the legacy impact on the people agenda.

  • We need to focus on developing our collective resilience

    20 January 2021

    Claire Kober says that while the tendency in a crisis is to fix the urgent and push everything else aside, 'taking time to focus on developing our collective resilience feels to be just as important'.

  • Another interesting year lies ahead

    20 January 2021

    The pandemic only had a 'smallish impact' on recruiting in 2020, says Ben Cox of Penna. He predicts ongoing demand for OD, transformation/change and D&I roles plus a resurgence in place-based recruitment.

  • Be a dictator but be a nice one 

    18 January 2021

    In difficult and uncertain times clarity and direction assume a greater importance and people management skills never go out of fashion, says Blair Mcpherson.

  • Knowing when to hit the dance floor

    13 January 2021

    GatenbySanderson’s Phil Whitman outlines the importance of embracing adaptive leadership in public services.

  • No turning back the digital revolution

    13 January 2021

    The pandemic transformed councils, in their digital processes and engagement. The MJ and Capita hosted two webinars in which chief executives and directors discussed how they and their communities were changed by COVID-19. Michael Burton reports.

  • It's been a year like no other

    16 December 2020

    During the second lockdown, authorities were better equipped to deal with the challenging circumstances, says senior consultant in the Penna interim team George Agyemang. As a result, we have seen much more movement in the market this time around.

  • Leading the charge to a brighter 2021

    16 December 2020

    With a year of challenge, opportunity and growth for HR and OD incoming, Fiyin Fayeye looks at the results of Penna’s HR survey of 2020 and says that a new style of leadership is emerging.

  • Todays challenge – tomorrow’s world

    02 December 2020

    Much has changed and so must leadership – we need to lead beyond ‘authority’, explain Manny Sandhu and Louise Teboul.

  • Creating good days at work

    02 December 2020

    Tracy Walters explains how the West Midlands Combined Authority has supported the workforce during the pandemic with a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.

  • Digitising Walsall MBC’s core business systems

    02 December 2020

    Deborah Hindson explains how, with ‘continued hard work, creativity and resilience’, Walsall MBC is on track to achieve successful delivery of a transformed core business system.

  • Getting up to speed in a COVID world

    25 November 2020

    Kate Watts shares her experiences of returning to work after a year’s maternity leave and adjusting to the major changes brought by coronavirus.