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Stumbling blocks for report writers

Your particular pathway to working in local government may present some specific challenges when you start writing council reports. Here are some examples and potential solutions. 1.    Passionate people working in the community development space may...

How to develop a corporate policy

I hope you find this step-by-step process useful if you need to develop a corporate policy. I developed this process for an internal policy. If you are developing a public-facing policy you will need to add extra community engagement steps, and seek approval from...

Workshop notes

In this article I share a trick to help you with presentations, list some resources to help staff write quality reports, reflect on the value of getting the first draft done, and mention an excellent book for people developing workplace training These notes are all...

How to add the strategy into strategic planning

While everyone is capable of both strategic thinking and planning, it’s natural to have a preference for one over the other. The whole brain thinking framework is one way to understand whether strategic thinking or planning comes more naturally to you....

Thinking like a councillor

We all speak, write and make decisions based on our own experience – and we tend to walk around assuming everyone sees the world pretty much as we do. It can be kind of shocking to realise how different other people’s perspectives and values can be. That’s why we need...

Editing notes

This podcast discusses what to do once you have a first draft in place – and emphasises focusing on the big questions before improving the wording. Some of my takeaways from this discussion with Daphne Gray-Grant are: It's important to leave time between writing the...

Coping with uncertainty

Changes in direction related to the RMA, three water management, and spending priorities for transport all impact on the local government sector. Changes in Government policy could see your work programme completely altered, resulting in wasted work –...

Resources to help you complete your Long Term Plan

Resources to help you complete your Long Term Plan

What a year for local government! Cyclones and floods have created havoc for infrastructure budgets, U-turns have been signalled for the Affordable Water and RMA reforms, and rates rises are unacceptable for many in the community. Now we need to reflect these issues...

Case studies for councils and consultants

Case studies for councils and consultants

Case studies help us to apply theoretical ideas to real life. They are a great way to: celebrate successful projects, and the people who contributed to them share repeatable solutions with other professionals for the benefit of New Zealand as a whole retain valuable...