Don’t always answer, ask another question

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“They answered my questions with questions”. These lyrics, from a haunting song in 1976 by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, remind us that the best way to answer a question is often by posing another in …

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Art of the possible in world of conflict

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Dear First Minister   A year ago, as you assumed office, I wrote to you, courtesy of these pages, offering suggestions from the field of conflict resolution which I hoped might assist you in navigating your daunting …

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A Council of State for Scotland?

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One of the difficulties which the Scottish Parliament has encountered is that legislation has on occasion been found, after passage through Parliament and in some cases implementation, to be in some way ineffective, inadequate or …

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Reflections on People-Centred Leadership in the NHS

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John Sturrock has contributed the following reflections, on leadership in the NHS, to Reform Scotland’s excellent NHS 2048 initiative:   “The key to doing well lies not in overcoming others, but in eliciting their co-operation.” (Robert Axelrod)  “…whatever change …

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Resistance to change is simply not sustainable

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I was interested to read Andrew Stevenson’s article in these pages (Monday 9 October) in which he raised concerns about proposed changes to court rules and, in particular, the apparent erosion of “the principle that …

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