Bookmarks for October 3rd through October 19th

I find this stuff so that you don’t have to. Solace 2010 write up; Localism, hash tags and a reflection on priorities – Great write up from Catherine Howe. Thriving too: Big Society: Yours Mine and Ours – "So how do smaller networks, organisations and projects engage with Big Society if they don’t feel completely […]

#lgworkforce – Sharing management successfully

Chris Elliott, Head of Transformation at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and High Peak Borough Council shows how to make the most of a joint chief executive, how to bring services together to save costs and how to best spread best practice. Both excellent councils, semi-rural market town environment. Similar population, adjacent boundaries. But different counties […]

#lgworkforce – Buckinghamshire’s Organisation Redesign Programme

Gillian Hibberd, Corporate Director for People, Policy and Communications, talks through how their change process was planned and supported, and how staff were engaged. OD is aligning structure to objectives – form following function. Many orgs struggle to easily define their purpose. Structure alone does not guarantee success Org design is not a perfect science What are […]

#lgworkforce – Implementing a major organisational transformation

Melanie Wood and Catherine Griffiths from Birmingham City Council talk about how to take £450m out of the budget, addressing the workforce implications and creating new ways of working. Birmingham is the largest local authority in Europe – £3.4b revenue expenditure, 52,600 employees and has large funding cuts announced Excellence in people management – model […]

#lgworkforce – Successfully redesigning your organisation

Duncan Brown, Director of the Institute for Employment Studies, provides some lessons from research, what works in practice and pitfalls to avoid. How many major reorganisations have we all been through? Lots and lots, it would seem. Not many seem to have gone that well. Context: budget cuts, redundancies rising, private sector is still cutting […]

#lgworkforce – Welcome & Introduction

Andrew Hancox, Director of Improvement and Efficiency West Midlands introduces the day. The money really does seem to be running out in local government Leaked CLG memo – 40% reductions. Leaders and managers need to consider how their organisations operate. How do we preserve front line services while reducing costs? Changing org structures can help […]

Designing a fit for the future organisation

I’m at the IDeA-organised ‘Designing a fit for the future organisation‘ event today, in Birmingham. It’s all about organisational redesign and development, and how councils can help meet the challenges they face by changing the way they work. There are a load of interesting speakers, and I’m going to be live-ish blogging as much of […]

Celebrating connections

Thanks to Michael Norton for sharing this in the Communities of Practice – a really interesting read about social networking and knowledge management. I suspect that the KM term probably brings people out in hives these days, but in times of significant change – especially when staff turnover is high, as it is during a […]

Bookmarks for March 16th through March 18th

I find this stuff so that you don’t have to. comment.ofqual.gov.uk – Lovely commentable document style consultations from Ofqual MINDSPACE: Influencing behaviour through public policy – Institute for Government – "Influencing behaviour through public policy explores how behaviour change theory can help meet current policy challenges, such as how to reduce crime, tackle obesity, or […]

Social media resources for Local Government

A flurry of activity around social media this week from our chums at the Improvement and Development Agency. The first thing is Local by Social, a rewriting of the excellent Social by Social by Andy Gibson. As the IDeA website states: Social media is changing the world in which we work, socialise and govern. From […]