The keys to ensuring good mental health
Toni Hall of Penna looks at the importance of looking after your mental health as an interim, and provides some tips for those needing support.
Leadership agility – now is the time to pick up the pace further
Charlotte Croffie looks at how leadership roles have adapted since the start of the pandemic.
Boards of the future will be more diverse
Diversity, in all forms, including cognitive diversity, is informing every conversation on the make-up of boards and executive teams, says director, executive recruitment at Penna Enterprise Charles Wilson.
Employment law: a post lockdown view
As lockdown eases, lawyer Louise Carr takes a look at the issues new ways of working raise for local government employers, including ensuring consistency of opportunity.
Council claims sacked director was not performing
Senior officers at a London borough accused of unfairly dismissing a director have told a tribunal she was sacked after failing to meet performance targets.
Time is not on the side of chief executives who need to prove themselves
Blair Mcpherson looks at how long chief executives have to prove themselves before a lack of progress creates doubts about their ability to deliver.
How to recognise the seven traits of a modern board
Penny Ransley looks at why modern boards are increasingly wanting to harness the skills of local government.
Redesigning coaching and mentoring for the digital age
iESE, as a part of its pro bono sector support role, is developing Alchemy, a new resource that supports individuals to take the next step in their leadership journey, says its chief executive Dr Andrew Larner.
Addressing the challenges of hybrid working
Tracie Langley says working through COVID-19 has shown how we can deliver in different ways and highlighted some areas that need to be improved if we are to continue to work in a hybrid way.
Some Bold moves for Brum
Heather Jameson talks to Birmingham City Council leader Ian Ward about the search for a chief executive and his hopes for a bold recovery for Birmingham.
Running the relay marathon
Over this past year the ability to recognise which type of leadership is appropriate to which stage of the crisis has been crucial, says Jo Davidson. She highlights the need to think in three time horizons, through to the very long-term.
Forging a top team in the middle of a crisis
Recruited during the pandemic, St Helens MBC’s new senior management have only physically met once. But they have created a high performing top team that’s now working hard on reset and recovery. Kath O’Dwyer highlights what has been achieved so far.
‘Everyone needs a coach’
Dawar Hashmi discusses the importance of coaching, regardless of what level you work at, and how it is now time to collectively implement elements of coaching into your organisation’s daily routine.
Creating an imagining culture
Building ‘a more open, transparent, free-thinking culture where imagination thrives within our teams’ is crucial, and is especially important during the pandemic, argues Professor Donna Hall CBE.
Management melodrama dents organisational credibility
Bosses who have difficulty making decisions and whose approach is best described as tactical cause ‘confusion, frustration and outright embarrassment’, says Blair Mcpherson
Rethinking for reset and recovery
What can be learned from the pandemic to improve how local government services are delivered? Nick Cole looks at how corporate colleagues have risen to the challenge and offers some tips to local leaders.
Feedback – the breakfast of champions?
Asking for and offering feedback is underappreciated, but beneficial to all sides in the recruitment process, says Martin Tucker.
Working together in perfect harmony
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.
Emerging stronger from crisis in Camden
A hundred days into his new post at Camden LBC, Hanad Mohamed says his role is to ensure that equalities remains front and centre.
Pulling together at the top
Calderdale Council won the senior leadership team of the year in The MJ Achievement Awards 2020. Chief executive Robin Tuddenham tells Heather Jameson his top team ‘are fundamentally incredibly skilled and knowledgeable but, secondly, connect to each other’