Seven Quotes for Remembrance

One thing that struck me at Remembrance Sunday last year was part of one of the prayers. “All who bear the burden and privilege of leadership” really stayed with me.   For me that sums up what it’s like to be a civic leader. It is an honour and a pleasure, but it is also

Go Na No Wri Mo

What are you talking about?   No I haven’t spent so long talking to my daughter that I’ve reverted to baby talk.   Na No Wri Mo is short for National Novel Writing Month. It’s a programme that encourages budding writers to spend time in November writing a novel. Simple really.   And what has

What’s the point of your speech

I heard a truly awful speech recently   It was from a civic leader who has been around the block but seems not have learnt anything about public speaking.   The person just rambled on and on with no discernible aim on show. At the end the audience gave a limp clap and no one

Bright Mayor vs Night Mayor

“You’re the Mayor guy, right?”   I hear this every now and again and it makes me smile. It means people have remembered what I do, which is nice. But it also means that I’m about to get a story about a civic leader they’ve met. And they’re not usually complimentary.   Which is a

Michelin Star Mayor

I’m dedicated to this blog.   I go out of my way to bring you interesting things. Recently, I went on a serious research trip to gather important information just for you.   I went to The Hand and Flowers in Marlow.   I can tell you’re impressed. You’re the discerning type, you know that

Is the Mayor a Brand?

Are civic leaders brands?   You’re not Nike or Facebook. Mayors are not brands.   I used to think like that. Then I meet David Avirin. David is American. David is a successful marketing expert. David thinks civic leaders are brands. At least he would if he’d heard of them.   It’s all in the

Blaenau Gwent axe their Mayor

I’m not being sensationalist or provocative, but you won’t believe what Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council has done. They’ve replaced the mayor with a chair, they’ve cut the civic office’s budget to zero and they’ve hung up the chain. It is a sad day for the civic world but and even sadder day for the

Elizabeth Garret Anderson: Mayor of the Month

As the new cohort of mayors and council chairs take office I am pleased to see what a diverse bunch they are.   We’ve come a long way since 1908 when the first female mayor took office in Aldeburgh. Her name was Elizabeth Garret Anderson and it is high time she featured as Mayor of

Anniversaries of 2017

Anniversaries are important   They can be an important part of your year in office.   Celebrating individual anniversaries will make some great memories. But why not go beyond that? Why not make the most of the big dates?   They represent an opportunity to enhance what you’re trying to achieve while in office. If