I’ve been on a blogcation. I set aside my normal blogging activities and went on a small adventure during April. The A-Z challenge was to try and write a piece every day through Monday to Saturday during the month. The catch was that the first had to start with a subject that began with A, or was at least A related, followed by B, then C, well you get the picture. In case you’ve been away my theme was about being left handed, which I am not. Anyway I’m back, refreshed and raring to get back to normality.
A lot has happened during April with plenty of things to write about. Some of the big projects that we have been working on have taken off properly now, notably Customer Relationship Management, Culture Change and the County Durham Housing Group. Each one of these could merit its own piece but I will stick to some of the things of wider interest, at least to me that is.
Once again I’ve had to change my management meeting structure. At the start of the month we were rolling along quite nicely with the Senior Leadership Team meeting and a separate Management Team meeting. I say rolling along though it wasn’t quite gelling. There was a noticeable degree of friction between those who are supposed to lead and those who are supposed to manage. This was partly down to personalities but also due to poor communication and a significant overlap between what each team was trying to do. Our Venn diagram had a large coloured bit in the middle.
By the way the shape in the middle of the Venn diagram that looks like an ellipse with two pointed ends or a lemon is known either as a lens or a vesical piscis. A lens is a biconvex (convex-convex) shape comprising two circular arcs, joined at their endpoints. If the arcs have equal radii, it is called a symmetric lens, otherwise is an asymmetric lens. The vesica piscis is a shape that is the intersection of two circles with the same radius, intersecting in such a way that the centre of each circle lies on the perimeter of the other. The name literally means the bladder of a fish in Latin.
So we now have a Management Wednesday that starts with the two groups meeting separately in different parts of the building and at 11 o’clock we come together to have a joint meeting. The aim is to improve communications, enable better decision making and to make sure that the reasoning behind the decisions is understood.
We’ve only given ourselves an hour and a half for the wider group and so time is going to be tight at least for the first few meetings. It’s going to take all my chairing skills to hold it together especially as the group is now about a dozen strong. Let’s see though. I’m going to give it a try to see if it starts to make a difference. If not, we can always change it again.