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Revolutionising the role of councils

Wednesday April 17 2013

How can councils become more business-like without becoming businesses? It would be hard enough to meet the challenges of current and future funding cuts, even without the major demographic and social changes that accompany them. Add to this the recession and transformations in the wider public policy environment – and it is no exaggeration to… Read More

Launch of the Whole Place Community Budgets website

Tuesday April 9 2013

A Whole Place Community Budgets website has been launched this week to help local police forces, health providers, councils and other agencies explore new ways of rewiring public services around local people. OPM was commissioned to produce the practical learning resource by the Local Government Association and the Department for Communities and Local Government. It pulls together the insights from across… Read More

The power of two

Thursday March 28 2013

The future has been a long time coming for those leading clinical commissioning groups towards their full establishment as statutory bodies, but it is now in increasingly clear focus. Whether or not there is a final tussle about the fine print of the secondary legislation, April is just around the corner. What will the next… Read More

Comment

Should we beware the meritocracy?

Monday October 25 2010

Lord Browne’s review of higher education funding provoked much debate about whether young people from poorer backgrounds will now be deterred from going to university. The president of Oxford University’s Student Union said the report heralded ‘a dark day for meritocracy’. Meritocracy is a word that has become popular with politicians on all sides in… Read More

Striking the right balance between innovative and adaptive leadership

Thursday October 21 2010

The current financial and political climate calls for genuine transformation, and for leaders who are able to encourage and harness different styles of thinking. Traditional salami-slicing of budgets cannot yield the required level of savings; radical thinking is required. But where does this leave managers and leaders who naturally adopt a more adaptive style? OPM’s… Read More

How can managers keep trusting each other in tough times?

Thursday October 21 2010

Having to make 25 per cent cuts is enough to put a strain on relationships in any management team, and in this kind of situation ensuring good levels of trust between leaders is all important. In this post, OPM’s principal for local government, Sue Goss, pinpoints the key ingredients of maintaining trust within councils working… Read More