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Compost bins and worm farms: a review of the options

Compost bins and worm farms: a review of the options

There are multiple reasons why councils around the country want to keep food waste out of the landfill — to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to benefit soil health, and to extend the life of landfills. The two broad options are to put your food waste out for community...

How to use styles in Word documents

How to use styles in Word documents

Learning how to use styles in your Word documents gives you the power to design the look of your document — and avoid unpleasant surprises. I dislike Calibri font — there’s something mean about it, especially in the smaller point sizes. Give me a more generous...

How to share the ideas in your Activity Management Plan

How to share the ideas in your Activity Management Plan

An Activity Management Plan is a technical document rather than a bookshop bestseller. But that’s no reason not to communicate its contents with your target audiences. You can click here if you would prefer to listen to an audio version of this article. Anyone who...

How to use Whole Brain Thinking to be successful at work

How to use Whole Brain Thinking to be successful at work

You can use Whole Brain Thinking to make the most of your natural strengths, and to write reports to engage all members of your audience. I was a bit nervous about introducing a ‘whole brain’ section into a workshop on report writing. Was it a bit too wacky or complex...

Advice for councils during the Covid-19 crisis

Advice for councils during the Covid-19 crisis

Here is some advice I picked up from a presentation by economist Shamubeel Eaqub and a workshop on collaborating online offered by Business Lab. The first one provided insights on what councils need to do to respond to the Covid-19 crisis and the second one provided...

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...