For 15 years from mid 1980s Mark Rogers was a teacher, deputy head and then head teacher working in specialist educational settings . He was head of inclusion at Tameside and then assistant director of inclusion services at Stockport. Mark was first director of children's services and then CEX at Solihull before becoming CEX and director of economy at Birmingham city council. He was president of SOLACE for three years from 2013-2016 and since May 2017 has run his own consultancy "enabling leadership, partnerships & change".@MKMRogers
From technocratic managerial leadership to empathy, collaboration and emotional intelligence and recognising that "place" is not what it used to be
PODCAST TIMELINE (click the red & white arrow above)
00:00 | This week's topic and who is in the conversation?
00:36 | Changes in styles of public sector leadership over last 20 years
02:07 | Leadership in education sector went through a period when it became obsessed with performance targets and leadership was all about performance management
02:27 | Noe the focuss has shifted from nuts and bolts to more ambiguous areas of values and purpose and real outcomes
03:04 | The big changes that have occurred since the mid-nineties and the noughties as people began to challenge that managerial style of leadership
03:20 | Now the task is building a leadership that’s not technocratic and much more about emotional intelligence
03:42 | Is this style of leadership now being adopted more widely and across local government and the wider public sector? “….(organisational) culture is difficult to change…..”
05:01 | With the advent of devolved regional government has the leadership playing field changed for local government leaders?
06:05 | Are we seeing any signs of the arrival of a new generation of leaders in local government devoted to partnership and collaboration or….?
07:25 | Leadership, “empathy” and walking in the shoes of others.
08:08 | How to start, there's no point in trying to build partnerships if you haven’t done the ground work of getting to know the people who are your potential partners
08:38 | The big challenge now for Local Government leadership is in the changing nature of governance. For decades local democracy has been about electing local people to focuss on local needs and everything was indivisably connected to “place” but now the nature of place is changing and the need now is for leaders and elected members who can identify and focuss on shared interests not local self interest.
09:37 | The not invented here syndrome and (10:10) heroic leadership and how to get round both
11.10 | The promise and challenge of local government in a post banking-collapse world
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