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Handling eggs....

I was impressed by a comment from one of our councillors at the end of last week.

He told me about what he thinks is an African saying about power. 131 more words

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​I did something this week I have never done before. A first. I started a MOOC.

A MOOC is a “massive open online course”. As Wikipedia says  they are  “aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web.  196 more words

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Space for Success

A recurring theme in this blog is recognition of the achievements of the Angus Council team. Next week we are running an internal “Space for Success” event over two days at The Reid Hall in Forfar to communicate our transformation journey in a more tangible way. 372 more words

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Schools and their community....

On Thursday morning I spent some time at Webster’s Theatre in Arbroath attending a joint meeting of our primary and secondary head teachers. At the start of a new year, and a new term, those familiar with the world of education will not be surprised to hear there was a buzz in the room, even with the council’s Chief Executive coming along to tell his audience how tough the year ahead will be in financial terms. 163 more words

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It's been a bit wet....

I am writing this in Angus House looking out on a bright sunny winter morning towards the snow topped Angus hills. What a change a day can bring! 282 more words

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It's Christmas - well almost....

Christmas time and the start of a New Year are regarded by most as a time of reflection. Looking back and looking forward. A family time and a time when often our thoughts go to those no longer with us, and to those in need.  367 more words

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Muddy wellies . . .

I spent some time with fellow Chief Executives from around the country this week. The group included both city and rural colleagues. Throughout the discussions we had ​it became clear that what ever the type of environment served, or the scale of the organisation, all of our councils were facing pretty much the same challenges. 355 more words

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