Unfolding plans 94 – exciting times in the North East

London is a hot place when the sun shines.  On Wednesday it got well over thirty degrees.  I think I was the only one in the capital to be wearing a jacket and tie but standards have to be kept.  I had caught the train down (yes not up) to present at a conference on … Continue reading Unfolding plans 94 – exciting times in the North East

Unfolding plans 69 – the ‘S’ word

Does the fact that you mention something make it real?  It would seem so.  One of my colleagues brought it to my attention that if I keep banging on about something it sets it squarely in people’s minds.  This is the case even if I am asking if the subject is true or not.  After … Continue reading Unfolding plans 69 – the ‘S’ word

Unfolding plans 60 – Siloism has been on my hit list for a long time

A flyer offering a master class in ‘Eliminating Silo Mentality’ had to be of interest.  Siloism has been on my hit list for a long time.  It’s a perennial problem and probably a fundamental part of human nature.  People like to be part of a group and the easiest way of being part of something … Continue reading Unfolding plans 60 – Siloism has been on my hit list for a long time

Unfolding plans 58 – Not everything is always sweetness and light

Not everything is always sweetness and light. Is it ever?  We had our ICT Customer Board meeting last week and had an interesting conversation about culture.  Words and phrases such as Camp Tanfield or Camp Meadowfield were raised with the clear implication that we reside within our functions and that visibility of managers and team … Continue reading Unfolding plans 58 – Not everything is always sweetness and light

Unfolding plans 56 – leaders struggle the most with teams.

The most important piece of work that I am involved in at the moment is trying to organise the service so that it can survive.  By this I don’t mean hang on by the skin of its teeth or slip into some catatonic state hoping for the better times to come.  I have already described … Continue reading Unfolding plans 56 – leaders struggle the most with teams.

Unfolding plans 55 – change is a great agent for change

Change is a great agent for change.  They say that necessity is the mother of all invention and it is much easier to introduce change during periods of turmoil. Austerity has helped in a strange way.  The need to save money has allowed us to introduce many things that we could well have struggled with … Continue reading Unfolding plans 55 – change is a great agent for change

Unfolding plans 53 – ICT is not just Microsoft office or computer games

ICT is not just Microsoft office or computer games.  It pervades all of our lives.  There is nothing that we do that doesn’t have technology behind it somewhere.  There is a shortage of young people coming into the industry.  We need to get out there and show young people how exciting ICT is. We need … Continue reading Unfolding plans 53 – ICT is not just Microsoft office or computer games