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Working from home – love it or hate it?

Working from home – love it or hate it?

I usually love working from home, but the past couple of weeks have been a challenge. Here are three things that have helped me since the lockdown began. Identify your fears, uncertainties and doubts (FUDs). Global and national anxiety is contagious. When my personal...

How to stay sane in LTP season

How to stay sane in LTP season

We’ve been trying to keep up with our four zucchini plants — which means we now have a year’s worth of pickle, and have been making a lot of zucchini fritters, as well as finding a way to include zucchini in every other possible dinner. I don't know about you, but my...

How to write a council policy

How to write a council policy

You’ve been asked to develop or review a council policy. If there’s an existing policy in place, you’ve been given some insights into the aspects of it that haven’t been working particularly well. But how, exactly, do you get started with this project? Here’s the...

Three books for council bookshelves

Three books for council bookshelves

Happy new year! Before launching into new projects in 2020, I’ve been reflecting on some of the books which made the biggest difference to my local government work in 2019. Here are my top three recommendations for council bookshelves. Writing Effective Policies and...

Eight ways to get started on your 2021 infrastructure strategy

Eight ways to get started on your 2021 infrastructure strategy

It's time for councils to pick up their 2018 infrastructure strategies and decide how to go about updating and improving them. Key steps in the process are: scopinginterviews with staff to identify what has changed since the 2018 strategy was draftedputting it all...

How to meet your deadlines during the Christmas countdown

How to meet your deadlines during the Christmas countdown

There’s no such thing as a free dog. There's also no such thing as a free Christmas holiday — the price of entry is taking part in the extreme sport of getting everything done by Christmas. But back to the 'free' dog. When we were given Max I didn’t know he would need...

Writing an asset management plan?

Writing an asset management plan?

Asset managers around New Zealand are beginning the process of reviewing and updating their asset management plans to support the 2021 Long Term Plan process. Here’s some great advice I picked up on asset management plan writing during a training day with Ross Waugh,...

Making it easy for businesses to transition to a low carbon economy

Making it easy for businesses to transition to a low carbon economy

Taking action to reduce and offset emissions is top of mind for councils around New Zealand. However, they can only do so much on their own, and also need businesses to transition to a low carbon economy. Three reasons why businesses may resist this message are: not...

How to be more productive at work

How to be more productive at work

Everyone knows New Zealand would be better off making furniture (and houses) rather than exporting raw logs. While productivity is a bit of an ugly word, there’s a lot to like about creating more value in less time, or with fewer resources. When you identify how to...

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