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David Child, Entrepreneur
15 August 2012
My first significant interest in leadership came about as a result of involvement in urban regeneration and Richard Rogers’ Urban Task Force. As a result, in March 2000 I gave a presentation at the Building Centre Trust Symposium entitled 'My Kind of Town'. I saw cities and towns as motors of growth and innovation. If we were serious about urban renaissance, a few thoughtful answers were needed to a few simple questions:
14 August 2012
Friedrich Engels famous adage that 'an ounce of action is worth a ton of theory' could be seen as the underlying message to emerge from The Work Foundation’s acclaimed research into the distinctions between ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ leadership.
Anand Shukla, Chief Executive Daycare Trust
The economic downturn has made the world more volatile – and in turn requires leaders to be able to respond quickly and decisively to the new context within which we all have to operate.
William Rogers, Chief Executive UKRD
13 August 2012
The simple truth is that whatever business you may be in, unless it is almost entirely mechanical in nature, people are the single most important asset you have responsibility for as a leader.
10 August 2012
London secured the games, in part on the back of their promised legacy impact. It will be many years before we know the extent to which London 2012 changes the fate of the East End of London, but in one area the legacy is off to an incredible start. We are doing an excellent job of positioning the UK on the global stage as a dynamic and creative location to invest. In the long-term this may be even more important than the regeneration projects.
09 August 2012
New research published this week by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) highlights a dramatic lack of leadership and management skills in UK firms.
08 August 2012
Earlier this week (6 Aug), Cait Reilly and Jamieson Wilson lost their appeal to have two government work experience schemes declared ‘slave labour’ as defined under the European Convention on Human Rights. But while it is almost certainly hyperbolic to compare a work experience scheme to slavery, it is only fair to ask whether mandatory work placements actually help people to secure a full-time sustainable job.
Professor Mike West
31 July 2012
Over 10 million working days are lost each year in the NHS because members of staff are unwell, equivalent to 14,500 staff. So the news, released last week, that days lost to absenteeism in the NHS came down by 390,000 last year is welcome.
27 July 2012
According to the latest CIPD Employee Outlook survey, 58% of UK employees are simply ‘not bothered’ about their work. But should this be cause for concern? The answer depends on what perspective we take on the increasingly popular issue of engagement. It could even be that this figure offers a source of hope for employers who are increasingly having to do more with fewer resources.
24 July 2012
Today (Tuesday 24 July) the Lords Science and Technology Committee published a detailed report into Higher Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Subjects (STEM) . The paper rightly highlights that we simply don’t have enough good quality science graduates to drive innovation and growth.
Professor Tim Dixon, University of Reading
The battle against climate change and resource depletion will be won or lost in the world’s cities. Cities present us with huge environmental challenges, but also offer big opportunities, because they create economies of scale in technology deployment, access to capital, and opportunities for green growth jobs.
We’ve compiled 10 facts about youth unemployment in the UK that illuminate the scope of the problem. While unemployment amongst young people has been rising since the early 2000’s, it has now reached a point of crisis.
Dr Tyna Taskila
23 July 2012
The pharmacological treatment of many severe mental health conditions has improved dramatically over the last decade. As a result, increasing number of people with a history of mental health disorders live fulfilling lives.
20 July 2012
New research revealed yesterday that 77% of Brits have given up on the prospect of landing their dream job. Although 51% said that the most important thing for a job was to be enjoyable, dearth of opportunities in the labour market lead many to opt for higher pay and job security.
Julian Stanley, Group Chief Executive at TSN
18 July 2012
How can we reduce stress in the classroom and support our teachers? The wellbeing of teachers in the workplace is a serious issue, as our recent study indicates, and it is coming under increasing scrutiny. To help us tackle this issue, we at the Teacher Support Network (TSN) have teamed up with The Work Foundation to conduct a national review on the wellbeing of the education workforce. Teachers from across England are currently advising us on the design of the review, which will explore how wellbeing can be enhanced to improve pupil outcomes.