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Blog: Preaching to the choir: reflections on key leadership skills for local authority chief executives – part 3: courage

Blog: Preaching to the choir: reflections on key leadership skills for local authority chief executives – part 3: courage
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Written by Catherine Staite. Leadership is not a sprint – it's a marathon. You are in it for the long haul and that is why courage is so important. Maya Angelou argued that courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently and that is certainly evident in the role of chief executive. Not only do you need to keep yourself going through challenging times, you also need to be able to demonstrate courage to your staff and members. If you falter, so will they.
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31/10/2014

Blog: Achieving better outcomes for the troubled family of local government

Blog: Achieving better outcomes for the troubled family of local government
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Written by Simon Parker. In this debate, Simon Parker (NLGN), Catherine Staite (INLOGOV) and Tony Bovaird (INLOGOV) agree that the current state of UK local government is unsustainable – but see different routes to rescuing a sustainable future.
Date:
30/10/2014

Podcast: Hobbes's Dilemma and the Liberal Quest for World Order

Podcast: Hobbes's Dilemma and the Liberal Quest for World Order
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A joint POLSIS/ICCS distinguished lecture given by one of the world's leading experts on international relations. Chair: Dr Tim Haughton (POLSIS/CREES), Speaker: Robert O. Keohane (Princeton University), Discussant: Professor Nicholas Wheeler (ICCS, University of Birmingham).
Date:
30/10/2014

Podcast: Hobbes's Dilemma and the Liberal Quest for World Order

Podcast: Hobbes's Dilemma and the Liberal Quest for World Order
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A joint POLSIS/ICCS distinguished lecture given by one of the world's leading experts on international relations. Chair: Dr Tim Haughton (POLSIS/CREES), Speaker: Robert O. Keohane (Princeton University), Discussant: Professor Nicholas Wheeler (ICCS, University of Birmingham).
Date:
30/10/2014

Implementation of the European Union Roma Integration Strategy

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The below the radar work stream at TSRC has been working with the National Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups to undertake a review of the UK Governments' Implementation of the European Union Roma Integration Strategy.
Date:
29/10/2014

New publication: Commonplace Diversity: Social relations in a superdiverse context

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Dr Susanne Wessendorf, Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS), has a new book published entitled 'Commonplace Diversity: Social relations in a superdiverse context'.
Date:
29/10/2014

Opting out of Meditterranean rescue condemns desperate migrants to death

Opting out of Meditterranean rescue condemns desperate migrants to death
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The UK government is seeking to defend its decision not to support rescue missions for migrants making the dangerous crossing to Europe via the central Mediterranean - Dr Nando Sigona writes in 'The Conversation'.
Date:
29/10/2014

Hearing the voices of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

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Just published is a new book entitled 'Hearing the voices of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities: Inclusive Community Development', published by Policy Press and co-edited by TSRC Honorary Research Fellow, Andrew Ryder
Date:
28/10/2014

Blog: Preaching to the choir: reflections on key leadership skills for local authority chief executives – part 2: charm

Blog: Preaching to the choir: reflections on key leadership skills for local authority chief executives – part 2: charm
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Written by Catherine Staite. Charm is shorthand for a sophisticated set of skills which enable you to make new connections and solve old problems. Charm is about much more than being nice in a superficial way – otherwise known as 'smarm'. If you don't have real charm then just be gruff and honest. Everyone will understand. Smarm, on the other hand, will simply breed distrust.
Date:
28/10/2014

Housing and Communities Fellow launches new book at UoB Brussels office - 3 November 2014

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A new book on social housing organisations in England and the Netherlands by Housing and Communiteis Honorary Fellow, Darinka Czische is being launched on 3 November in Brussels.
Date:
28/10/2014

Pro-Western bloc set for majority in elections that expose deep divisions in Ukraine

Pro-Western bloc set for majority in elections that expose deep divisions in Ukraine
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). Ukrainians have voted for a new parliament. The exit polls, in line with earlier predictions, indicate that the Petro Poroshenko Bloc – which also includes the UDAR party of Kiev's mayor, former boxing champion Vitali Klichko – came out on top (predicted to achieve around 23% of the vote), but will need partners to form a stable coalition that will give Poroshenko a majority in parliament.
Date:
27/10/2014

Implementation of the European Union Roma Integration Strategy

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The below the radar work stream at the Third Sector Research Centre has been working with the National Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups to undertake a review of the UK Governments' implementation of the European Union Roma Integration Strategy.
Date:
27/10/2014

An Invitation to IRiS: Health, Wellbeing and Superdiversity

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You are invited to a research network coffee session to introduce the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) to a wide network of researchers.
Date:
27/10/2014

Blog: Postcard from Tokyo: local government remorse, Japanese-style

Blog: Postcard from Tokyo: local government remorse, Japanese-style
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Written by Chris Game. I've had the good fortune to spend the past week in Tokyo, as Japan commemorates the 50th anniversary of arguably the most geo-politically transformative Olympic Games, in the city that underwent a scarcely credible urban transformation in order to stage them.
Date:
27/10/2014

Assessing the State of the EU

Assessing the State of the EU
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Dr Tim Haughton participated in a panel in Brussels discussing the past, present and future of European integration.
Date:
24/10/2014

Event to showcase how academic research can benefit Birmingham businesses

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Cutting-edge research from Birmingham Business School will be on show next month at a unique interactive event aimed at the local business community.
Date:
24/10/2014

Drones are here to stay, but the government must do more to ensure greater public acceptance

Drones are here to stay, but the government must do more to ensure greater public acceptance
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On 16 October, the Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, announced that part of the UK Reaper drone fleet would be deployed in Iraq to support coalition efforts against the terror group ISIL. This week, he confirmed they would also be flying surveillance missions over Syria. These events mark the first operational use of UK Reapers outside Afghanistan and represent a significant and timely development in the UK government's stated policy towards 'drone warfare'.
Date:
24/10/2014

Blog: Preaching to the choir: reflections on key leadership skills for local authority chief executives – part 1: creativity

Blog: Preaching to the choir: reflections on key leadership skills for local authority chief executives – part 1: creativity
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Written by Catherine Staite. I have called this blog series 'preaching to the choir' as it is dedicated to local authority chief executives and they already know a great deal about leadership. They wouldn't survive and thrive in their posts if they didn't.
Date:
24/10/2014

NHS 5 year forward view

NHS 5 year forward view
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Today's publication of the "5yfv" (5 year forward view) marks a seminal moment for the NHS. Since Simon Stevens' return to the NHS earlier this year, there has been anticipation as to the new Chief Executive's intentions. Although he has presented some earlier ideas1,2, the "5yfv" is significant for its content, style and what it does not say.
Date:
23/10/2014
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