Elephants again

It was time to think about those elephants again, you know the ones in the room. Those hulking great issues that everyone knows about yet nobody wants to talk about. We’ve had a few sessions with dawn to try and flush them out. Can you flush out an elephant? Perish the thought. Was this session … Continue reading Elephants again

Fresh perspectives

I read that Taiichi Ohno would draw a circle on the floor and make his new disciples stand in it and observe how things really worked.  He would make them stay there until they had a strong understanding of the business. I think it was in the book ‘The Machine that Changed the World’ in … Continue reading Fresh perspectives

Inspiring value trees

Another day, another value tree workshop.  OK, it’s only the second one that I have ever been to yet it seems that I am spending more and more of my time thinking about our Inspire programme and looking at modern ways of working and culture change. I’ve blogged about the value tree approach before and … Continue reading Inspiring value trees

Consequences

So many time have I heard it said that things don’t get done round here because there are no consequences.  Nothing happens if nothing happens. Now I have always taken the word consequences to be mildly threatening.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t get round it to as you will never be taken to task.  … Continue reading Consequences

Unfolding plans 178 – Out of the toolbox

The topic for this round of presentations has been ‘Out of the Toolbox’.  The title is an obvious reference to thinking outside the box but also attempts to draw us back to the work that we do. It was Saul Kaplan who said that we need to take our ideas off the white board and … Continue reading Unfolding plans 178 – Out of the toolbox

Unfolding plans 176 – Poor old email

There are eighteen ways to be more positive at work, at least that what the infographic says from CMD, a British manufacturer of office ergonomics products.  A colleague of mine sent me it by twitter.   Now I’m used to there being seven ways to something or ten rules to get what you want but eighteen … Continue reading Unfolding plans 176 – Poor old email

Unfolding plans 175 – Lest we forget

There is some irony that on the day we remember the glorious dead of conflicts around the world that there is a conference in Malta to try and stem the flow of migrants into Europe.  On the day that we are to remember those who have fallen defending our way of life, who have been … Continue reading Unfolding plans 175 – Lest we forget

Unfolding plans 174 – Walking meetings

Jenny suggested that we go for a walking meeting.  It sounded fun and the weather was fine so why not.  Actually it has been unseasonably warm for the time of year and the wind was blowing a gale but we are hardy folk and were not going to let a spell of blustery weather put … Continue reading Unfolding plans 174 – Walking meetings

Unfolding plans 172 – World Paper Free Day

It’s World Paper Free Day today. I hope you’re enjoying it.  I hope you didn’t send a card!  I didn’t know there was such a thing until a couple of weeks ago but I put it in my diary and here it is.  I’ve long been an advocate of getting away from paper at work.  … Continue reading Unfolding plans 172 – World Paper Free Day

Unfolding plans 171 – Document management

So, one of the best things about going down to the Local Government Forum in Manchester earlier this week was the drive there and back.  I know it was awful.  I said so in my blog.  We got stuck in bad traffic both on the way down as well as the drive home yet it … Continue reading Unfolding plans 171 – Document management