A year of work in progress – day 120

Day 120 – 10 July 2014

Ah well, Froome and Cavendish are out of the Tour De France. Have I told you that I always did like Geraint Thomas? My prediction for the World Cup final nearly came true. I had it down for Germany against the Netherlands. I was so close but now I know how Paul the octopus must have felt. May he rest in peace.

It’s strike day and I was a bit reluctant to know whether I should count this or not as a working day. I’ve no desire to go into the relative merits of the strike, or my support for it (that is too dangerous a territory) but I’m not a union member and have never been on strike. Today was the third day that there has been a walkout in my public sector career.

Some of the buildings that we occupy were shut for the day and so I decided to go to Spectrum to sign in and out. Amazingly this was a paper based operation and fortunately some kind soul had left a pen for the purpose. We just can’t help ourselves. Some people were in while others were away but it was interesting to note that nearly every member of a particular team was either one or the other. I hope that makes sense.

This could have been a great opportunity for those who normally work out of other buildings to get in amongst their colleagues but they tended to sit together and even went out for lunch in their traditional groups. People are interesting. We think we’re individuals but really we are very tribal.

Of course everything was very quiet and I used the time to catch up with all of those things I’ve been meaning to do for a while. You should note that it is fallacy that you can ever catch up as every mail you send or report you finish just generates more work to come back to you eventually. I have been lulled into a false sense of comfort.

I only had one meeting arranged and that was with an organisation looking to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) make the most of digital. It always amazes me (in fact it worries me) how ill prepared some firms are for the digital revolution. It is both an opportunity for them and a threat. Just as they can access their customers digitally, so can their competitors. Any help that anyone can give is gratefully received.

Having some time on my hands allowed me to have a look at the Council’s new on-line learning package. I delved into the wonderful world of Data Protection and got nine out of ten in my test. Congratulations but I still don’t know the answer to the one I messed up. No one is perfect.

Learning points for today: 97% of SMEs don’t trust the Council to give them business advice; statistics can be made to say anything; none of us are the face we portray and; everyone who is truly successful has tasted failure.

Today’s enjoyment rating – no score today out of respect for those who made a stand.

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