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Monday, February 08, 2010

Leadership Development in the Public Sector

Perhaps one in 10 public sector workers will lose their jobs in the coming spending squeeze, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) said recently. But delivering more with less is perfectly achievable, it argues — or at least it would be if the calibre of management was up to the mark.

The message is echoed in results of a survey published recently by recruitment group Hays. Among more than 1,200 public sector workers who responded in January 2010, only 16% of managers and 12% of junior staff thought their organisations had the resources to manage a reduced budget, while 35% of managers thought their leadership training was deficient.


Controlling your Thoughts and Emotions

Here are some things that don't exist: A bad day, a boring book, a demeaning job, and an ugly dress.

Now why do we say that there is no such thing as a bad day or an ugly dress? Shakespeare had this idea in mind when he said, "Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so." You see, if the dress was truly ugly, every single person we asked would say, "Yes, that is ugly." But what are the chances of that happening?

And if the day was truly bad, then no one could possibly be having a good day on that date, could they? And even if two people share the very same experience on the same day, one of them may call it bad and the other one may say, "Now wait a minute. There is another way to look at it."

And that is exactly our point. There is always another way of looking at things. So, why in the world would you voluntarily choose a way that is negative, devaluing or that makes you feel badly? You have the ability to control your thoughts and your emotions.

The first step is believing that not only is it possible, but it is possible for you. And when you feel you can do it, then you try. And the more you try, the better you get at it. Negative feelings that once dominated you can be made to go away, and the time it takes you to banish them will grow shorter and shorter. Until one day you may surprise yourself by saying, "You know, I cannot remember the last time I really felt angry or depressed!"