Topic: Personal and organisational development

Resources and training opportunities for building personal skills and developing effective organisations



How to actually do good

This briefing offers ways to help you calibrate your aim and a pathway to finding the happy medium, so that you can sleep at night knowing your effort is actually achieving serving your community. This is part one of a three part series.

Australia Briefing

LGIU Turns 40

Due to the recent announcement about the train strikes that will be taking place w/c 4 December, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our 40th anniversary celebration.

England & Wales, Global Event

Is local government haunted? Definitely…

In this article, Professor Kevin Orr from the University of St Andrews overviews his research into ‘organisational ghosts’ – enduring influences or figures with histories, biographies and legacies that stay with us. He argues that those in local government are no exception to hauntings and asks what we can learn from these organisational spectres.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Blog-article

LGIU@40: Research Symposium

The LDRC Symposium will launch the LGIU@40 manifesto, a set of new ideas developed with our members and the wider sector for how local government could work better.

England & Wales, Global Event

Cllr Awards 2023: Scotland

The winners in Scotland will be announced at the City Chambers in Edinburgh, Scotland at 7 pm on 21 November 2023.

Global, Scotland Event

Outpacing change – How to see the future without the past

Predicting the future is a core skill for policy makers and budget controllers – but how do you do that when traditional prediction methods are losing effectiveness? In this think piece, Georgie Smith from Upsides Training, explains how predicting future events isn’t as hard as you might think.

Australia Blog-article

Birmingham blues: thoughts from an Irish onlooker

The view from Ireland looks bleak:  Dr Seán Ó’Riordáin gives his take on Birmingham City Council’s section 114 notice. He reflects on the perilous state of local government finance in the UK particularly in light of international research from LGIU

England & Wales, Global, Ireland Blog-article

Informed infrastructure decision making: How to get the most out of a business case

While business cases are often undertaken to ‘tick the box’ in a grant application, this briefing argues that they are an incredibly valuable decision-making tool for local government because they provide a framework for exploring project alternatives and engaging with the community.

Australia Briefing

How chief executives work with councillors

We spoke to council chief executives in Ireland, Scotland and Australia to find out what it takes forge a leadership team with councillors.

Australia, Global, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland Blog-article

Summer 2023 reading list from LGIU’s Chief Exec

As part of an annual tradition, LGIU’s Chief Executive, Jonathan Carr-West shares the list of books he is aspiring to read over his August holiday break – maybe you can find your next great read too, check it out!

England & Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland Blog-article