A year of work in progress – day 96

Day 96 – 29 May 2014

Having reflected on yesterday’s training session I am very pleased with the outcome. Darran always does a great job. He manages to get the balance right between the trainer and a colleague. There were only eleven of us out of seventeen and so having this in half term might not have been the best idea (we are still driven in a large part by the school timetable) but everyone was engaged and having the Senior Leadership Team alongside the Senior Project Leads worked well. I got to speak to a couple of people that I knew but not well.

The closing activity was based around us writing something we appreciated about each of the people in the room and sticking these up on the wall under that person’s name.     It was interesting reading what others had written about the individuals especially how consistent the views were. Reading about yourself was surreal and a little cathartic. It was a brave thing to do and shows how far we have come.

I’m still having laptop problems. The new one is working fine but there are some set up issues. I don’t think I’ll ever get those emails back though my old hard drive has been sent off to the dolly’s hospital.

This morning, in fact all day, we had another planning session to try and tackle the reorganisation needed to balance the budgets in 2015/16 and 2016/17. I got the train in as we held it in the Town Hall in Durham and this time I remembered to get off at the right stop.

Talking about the future is easy until you come to fill in the detail. We know where we would like to go but this needs to be set against the background of where we are. Things like the political climate, individual personalities and changes in the market are all considerations that need to be taken into account. That’s before we mention fiscal restraint (even though I already mentioned it in the previous paragraph). Did I say that saving money is easy? It’s keeping the service going that is more difficult.

We’re going to need to take a few bites at the cherry to get this right. Progress was good but we need to take our time to get it right

Learning points for today: This isn’t getting the baby a new bonnet; you can’t each spinach pie with a spoon; Krispy Kreme wins every time and; a cone of chips comes in a box

Today’s enjoyment rating 9/10 – great team effort.

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