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Guest blogpost: ‘Trust is the basis from which people make the leap of faith from the old to the new’

This is a guest blogpost written by Rob Mitchell, Adult Principle Social Worker, Bradford Council. Like many local authorities, Bradford is going through a period of change. We are listening more carefully to people who invite social care into their lives, and focusing more on enabling them to live life how they choose to live it. I reflect on the challenges involved.

April 9, 2019

IMPOWER’S Jon Ainger named ‘Thought Leadership Consultant of the Year’

I am absolutely delighted that Jon Ainger, Director at IMPOWER, was named ‘Thought Leader Consultant of the Year’ at last night’s Management Consultancies Association Awards. In addition, two of our projects were Highly Commended.

March 29, 2019

Primed Performance Management: providing a service-wide view of performance

When you’re one of only four consultants delivering an implementation programme in an adult social services department with over 100…

November 9, 2018

Reflections on my year as a Deputy Director of Children’s Services: Models of Distributed Leadership

As a consultant, every council I have worked with has battled the same Gordian knot on senior management and leadership.

September 4, 2018

Local leadership please

If you’ve been glued to the coverage of the EU referendum result in recent days then you, like me, might…

June 27, 2016

‘The doorstep narrative’ to reinventing local government

Last week, Jon Ainger and I ran a session at the MJ Future Forum on the Target Demand Model –…

April 28, 2016

The fundamental efficacy of human interaction

Heading home last Tuesday on the train I read a fascinating article in the Evening Standard that I thought I…

February 1, 2016

If change is to happen, we still need to ask the killer questions

Reflecting on my first six months with IMPOWER and I’m tempted to quote The Tempest (“Oh brave new world, that has such…

January 27, 2016

Looking beyond individual policy areas

Having just returned to working in criminal justice sector after a year working exclusively in social care I have been…

November 2, 2015

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