Sunday, 5 June 2016

10 leadership behaviours for council innovation


The two most commonly cited qualities in a UK survey on key leadership behaviours are that council leaders should work on building innovative partnerships and be bold and ambitious.

The 10 innovation boosting behaviours

The report concludes political and managerial leaders in local government might boost innovation if they:
  1. Are clear, united and determined about the outcomes they want to achieve and their priority areas for innovation.
  2. Are bold and ambitious, while understanding residents’ concerns, learning from elsewhere, setting realistic objectives, and taking well-considered risks.
  3. Engage with key partners in an open way, evolving innovations together.
  4. Create an organisational culture that encourages creative approaches (particularly in the priority areas for innovation).
  5. Develop and empower other innovative leaders (eg. middle managers).
  6. Invest time, resources and effort into developing their innovation priorities.
  7. Convincingly communicate the reasons why their priority innovations are important (eg. engage in dialogue with their managers, employees, partners, residents and other key stakeholders).
  8. Genuinely listen to, and involve, relevant others in developing innovations (eg. managers, employees, residents, service users, partners, businesses).
  9. Track the development of their priority innovations (eg. using programme and project management, or more agile techniques, as appropriate).
  10. Persist for long enough to embed and scale up their priority innovations.
 Original article

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Digital in Europe, Major Cities of Europe Conference : Florence 2016

” The Organisation “Major Cities of Europe – IT Users Group” is composed of leading experts of Innovation in cities. They contribute to the continuous improvement of the value proposition of the association.”

 Top Ten Takeaways (Not in order of Priority)

  1. You achieve far more through collaboration than through competition and this includes collaboration regionally, nationally and internationally
  2. Open Platforms, Open Source and Open Data – we need all of these, one without the others will limit what we can all achieve.
  3. Cities have a role to incubate innovation, supporting start-up business; and to do so in a way that is easy, fun and relaxed
  4. A smart city involves and brings together all the City agencies, a smart city cannot be achieved in isolation by the Council.
  5. Block-Chain, I need to learn more about this as it will become an increasingly important and useful tool. 
  6.  It is people that matter and we need digital services that benefit people
  7. We need to design for now and the future and the Digitally native generations; but at the same time continue to support those who find it hard to access and use Digital.
  8. Keep it simple – the more simple and easy it is for people to use, the more benefit it will bring to the citizens, businesses and the respective city agencies. 
  9. The digital gender gap is a major challenge across Europe, and we can share the challenge and the ideas, solutions and actions needed to overcome this.
  10. Culture – how we can share art and culture digitally to enrich lives, a couple of great case studies.
Original Article by Nick O'Reilly from his Digital Blog