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Forget Whether Yahoo Should or Shouldn’t Ban Teleworking, Does it Really, Deep Down Serve You?

By Richard Wilson   I can’t help but feel that the torrent or blogs (and this isn’t one) that are ‘outraged’ by Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer’s decision to ban telecommuting are a predictable response from a time stretched twitterati. People hoping that technology assisted flexibility will somehow make their hectic schedules easier. I’m not [...]

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The private sector does not always deliver better value in public services

Public managers are enthralled by private sector management ideas but must not lose sight of their social purpose. This article first appeared in The Guardian on the 12th December 2012.   Public leaders are in crisis. I know we all know this. But sometimes when you live in the hopeful bubble of social innovation or [...]

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Why the personalisation of the web is making leadership tougher

Public debate has moved online and it is eroding leaders’ ability to hear many different voices, argues Richard Wilson. This article first appeared in The Guardian on 25th July 2012.   There are two pivotal and powerful drivers towards personalisation of the internet. The first and most obvious concerns being “user centred”. As Amit Singhai, [...]

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Civil servants must seek to become digital natives to stay relevant

The Digital Agenda Assembly on 21 June in Brussels sets out how to achieve culture change in government. This article first appeared in The Guardian on 21st June 2012.     Whether you like it or not there are now digital natives in every government office and they represent a fundamental shift in how the [...]

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The benefits of backseat leadership

Can you achieve more as leader by giving more recognition to others in the team, asks Richard Wilson. This article first appeared in The Guardian on the 2nd May 2012.   “The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit” was a phrase coined by US president Harry Truman, but [...]

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Six steps to meaningful budget consultation

Participatory budgeting is on hold – but Richard Wilson has six good ways to make it work in cash-strapped local areas. This article first appeared in the Guardian on the 28th December 2011.   More than a year ago I wrote about the participatory budgeting “explosion” that was taking place in councils across the country. [...]

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Invest in more skills not just technology

The public sector is still failing to use technology properly, says Richard Wilson, but it’s because of a lack of investment in people who can use it. This article was originally published in The Guardian on 15th November 2011.

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Angry Britain: how to lead

The recession has brought much of Britain to boiling point. Richard Wilson outlines six steps to help public leaders deal with it. This article was originally published in The Guardian on 17th October 2011.

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Beyond Big Society

Richard Wilson argues that the August riots require us to radically shift how we approach strengthening community life.

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Is Innovation the Emperors New Clothes?

Richard Wilson helps public managers step up to the innovation challenge. This article was originally published in The Guardian on 30th August 2011.

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