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Weekend links: civil service live Newcastle, being a great leader and Tour de France

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Volunteers at GDS stand at Civil Service Live Newcastle
Volunteers at GDS stand at Civil Service Live Newcastle [Photo by Tom Scott on Flickr. ]
Once again we hit the road this week, this time taking Civil Service Live to St James' Park in Newcastle on the hottest day of the year so far. Highlights included a highly interactive session on emotional intelligence and the Future Coastguard Programme, as well as the ever-popular spot mentoring sessions in the executive suites overlooking the pitches.

As ever, you can find all the reaction to the day on our Storify and Flickr pages.

Away from Civil Service Live, civil servants were out and about in force. The Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Team won the 'Overall Award for Public Sector Employer of the Year' at the employers network for equality and inclusion (enei) awards, and the Civil Service Rainbow Alliance posted a report from their day marching at London Pride

Also big this week was a post by Simon Fraser, Permanent Under Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, who offered his thoughts on what makes a good leader which got the comments thread humming all week.

Top tweets

Our most popular tweets this week featured 2 top tips from our 'How to write the perfect Civil Service Awards nomination' article - this week's wise words being:

Support your achievements with data and statistics


Sell yourself! Don't make it hard for the judges to see how you meet the eligibility criteria

Don't forget nominations close 25 July 2014, so get your applications in.

Infographic of the week

Okay, not strictly an infographic, but Defra celebrated the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire with a nice digital pack highlighting the fantastic British Protected Food Name foods that are made in the area the route covers. Not only is there a retro-style poster:

Defra Tour de France Protected Food Name food poster

And if that wasn't enough, they've also built an interactive map of all the Protected Food Names in the United Kingdom. Great if you plan your holidays around food.

Have a good weekend.

[Photo above copyright Tom Scott on Flickr. ]

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  1. Comment by Dave Weston posted on

    Just found this post. I was responsible for the 'infographic of the week'. I work for the Highways Agency and our Media Services team has been contributing graphics support for the likes of Defra, DECC, OLEV, MCA and numerous other agencies as part of the Safety and Environment Marketing Hub. This free service was in response to the govenrments call to share services and we've had great insight into how all these departments communicate and embrace the new digital by default message.

    Defra's brief was open and I was extremely lucky to get the opportunity to be as creative as I could be. To top it all I also got to dabble in my own google maps hobby and prepare the custom marker pins for their interactive map. Thanks for the recognition.

  2. Comment by Philip Gimmack posted on

    I'm so glad you enjoyed my highly interactive session on Emotional Intelligence. You were a great audience and I was touched by the warmth of the reception I received. Philip Gimmack,