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What gets in the way of you doing your job?

What gets in the way of you doing your job? That’s one of the questions I’ve been taking into account when I’ve been exploring how different ways of working together could help us meet the financial and other challenges we know are coming in the years ahead.

Bureaucracy, working in silos, too many emails – these are some of the answers I’ve heard already. And yes, with apologies, I realise I am adding to your emails with this update, so if you have suggestions for better ways for me to keep you up-to-date, please do say! I want to know, just email me – there it is again – at

Our ICT Service is doing a great job bringing us new tools, via Microsoft 365, that create opportunities for working differently together. Using technology to make our day-to-day working lives easier will be an important part of developing our working practices. You can find some tips already for example on using aspects of Microsoft Teams on mycouncilworks. More tips on technology will be coming your way.

I’ll bring you another update next week on work being done, and your involvement in developing working practices over the next five years that support us all in meeting together the challenges we face.

Holiday Argyll and Bute – this week’s podcast

The holiday season is well underway again in Argyll and Bute and this year we are more prepared than ever before for our visitors. I caught up with the council’s Tourism Officer Zalina Dzhatieva, Staycation Officer Nathan Gallogley, and with the GRAB Trust’s Christina Saunders, about the facilities in place for visitors. You can hear too about the experiences of Staycation Wardens from our own Graeme MacPherson. I hope you enjoy listening – Pippa’s Podcast (

You can find out more about having a great staycation in Argyll and Bute on the website.

Have a great weekend, and if you have any questions about anything I’ve discussed, or answers to ‘what gets in the way of you doing your job?’, please do contact me at


Pippa Milne

Chief Executive