I’ve been thinking a fair bit about what my role is in the big scheme of things, in and around the increasing network of networks I move between or in which there may be an expectation I should be part of. Also what value I bring, and who for. And it seems from recent chats, over coffee or online, I’m not alone in this. More people seem to be questioning the purpose of various aspects of what they are doing and how they are expected to do things differently, move to a next stage or in what is happening around them. It may be changes at work, adapting to new phases of family life, even down to things like changing seasons, or not as it seems these days.
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The 27th May 2012 marked the 25th anniversary of the day I joined Leeds City Council. I thought the occasion merited a few anecdotes. Back in ‘87 there was no big signing on fee, no press photo call holding up my shirt with my name on it with. I just turned up with my packed lunch and certificates at the Department of Industry and Estates (to become Leeds Development Agency, then Development Department, then Planning & Development Department, now City Development Directorate, etc etc).
……….so if you recall, I was in the initial project planning meeting for my organisation’s website and intranet replacements. I’d just met a ‘Scrum Master’and had the Agile methodology speed dating equivalent and been tasked with cascading it to the world and his dog.
My grandma told a tale about the time she called a repair man to fix the heating. This was many many years ago, long before you could book online or digitally sign your signature and when gas was cheap.
The repair man turned up and my gran showed him the way to the boiler. He looked it over, checked the bits and bobs and knobs and pipes.
“The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think” – Edwin Schlossberg.
I use lists because that’s how I work best. I like crossing stuff off which obviously means achieving the things on the list. I think I have a good memory however, when I’m a bit stressed, my list management becomes less effective. The signal I need to slow down is when I recall something needs doing but I’m not quite sure what it is, and it won’t be on the list.