It’s all about the chemistry
Appoint a good manager and the results will improve. Appoint a great manager and success is guaranteed. Well, that’s the theory.
Two of a kind
Buckinghamshire CC and Harrow LBC’s unique HR partnership not only cuts costs but allows the pair of authorities to retain specialist skills, generate income and improve resilience. Gillian Quinton explains
Does anyone care when politicians lose their seats?
Michael Burton reports on a new book which examines how national and local politicians cope with the shock of leaving office.
Making the most of communications
Mark Fletcher-Brown asks whether senior management teams are getting the returns they need out of their communications staff.
IR35: authorities urged to use interim solutions
Councils which use contractors have been urged to make use of temporary systems while they assess whether their practices comply with strict incoming employment rules.
From temp to MD in 27 years
James Whiteman has been promoted to the top job at Guildford BC after 27 years at the authority.
Now it’s time for the real leaders to step up
Mark Fletcher-Brown looks at the elements that make up a successful leader and how effective exponents of these can provoke improved staff performance during this time of great financial challenges.
Hooton appointed to London borough top job
Barnet LBC’s interim chief executive has taken up the top role on a permanent basis.
Striking the right deal for public servants
Public sector workers are constantly being asked to go above and beyond as councils seek to do more with less – but Mark Fletcher-Brown says asking staff what they actually want out of work and life will lift discretionary effort
Understanding other perspectives
Nicola Bulbeck tells us what Teignbridge DC gained from the South West Councils Local Authority Challenge.
Aiding an unprotected species
The pressures facing local authority statutory officers are now greater than ever. Simon Goacher argues that tinkering with protection rules in recent years has undermined these vital positions
Developing a creed to lead
The role of councils and the way they operate is evolving dramatically to reflect the changing world. Claire Mansfield believes the workforce has to be front and centre if authorities are going to keep pace with change
Birmingham City Council favours council-owned children's trust
Birmingham City Council has mooted retaining ownership of its children’s services trust despite ongoing concerns about the pace of change and reducing staff turnover.
Swale BC considering interim boss
Swale BC’s director of corporate services, Mark Radford, has been put forward to fill the councils top job on an interim basis.
Mind the skills gap
Garry Phillips says it is time to build the partnership between councils, education and local employers if the country is to fill the skills hole after Brexit
Call for new style of leadership
The majority of HR directors in local government believe a new style of leadership is required to help them deliver a better quality of service.
Reaching for new horizons
As a politically turbulant year draws to a close, Kate Wilson weighs up the benefits of job safety and reaching out to something new.
DCs pitched into responding to county unitary bids
District councils have been pushed into responding to a wave of county unitary bids as communities secretary Sajid Javid softens the Government’s stance towards reorganisation.
Unitary deputy takes top Cumbria job
Cumbria CC has named Warrington Council’s second in command, Katherine Fairclough, as its new chief executive.
Autumn Statement: Councils facing £337m costs over new living wage
Councils are expecting to fork out an extra £337m a year after the living wage was increased to £7.50 an hour in today’s Autumn Statement.