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Keith Maclennan, Manchester City Council...
Keith Maclennan, Manchester City Council

What one possession says most about you and why?

My bike. It says that I am fighting the effects of middle age, albeit with more enthusiasm than success.

What maxim do you use to see you through the tough times?

Take the job seriously but don't take yourself too seriously.

What have you learned recently that would be useful to others?

I've believed for a while that in the long run things will turn out for the best. I've learned more recently that it's people that make things happen not structures.

What's more important - job satisfaction or money?

Both are important, particularly if you don't have them. I don't know anyone who thinks that neither matters.

Who would you invite to a fantasy dinner party? I'd invite Attila the Hun and Ronald McDonald - both could teach us something about leadership and success. I'd also invite Miss Marple and Florence from the Magic Roundabout - she must be a grown-up

by now.

If local government had a theme tune what would it be?

Happy days are here again.

Suit or jeans?

We are ambassadors for our employers and should show we respect them and our customers - I don't see a place for jeans in a serious organisation.

With what historical figure do you most identify?

Sir William Hershel - imagine being able to say that you've discovered a planet. From recent history I'd have to confess an affinity with an obscure Austrian sociologist named Alfred Schultz.

What keeps you awake at night?

The fear of being kept awake at night.

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