Category Archives: plans

The secret management model that must not be named

It’s my annual appraisal tomorrow, the lowlight of my year. I announce my opinion of appraisals out loud, and nobody disagrees, most agree, for the usual reasons. “why once a year do you talk about work and how it’s going? … Continue reading

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I’m a glittering generality!

I have a job! A proper job which pays taxes, but I’m no hard working taxpayer. This is not because I’m bone idle, though I am, but because “hard working taxpayers” don’t exist. There are people who work hard at a job, … Continue reading

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A paper exercise

Once upon a time I had to write a plan. I was the Directorate Performance Management officer, so I wrote the Directorate Plan. I sat at my dining room table and I WROTE A PLAN. Except I didn’t. I wrote on … Continue reading

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The Golden Thread exists!!

There is a golden thread But it’s not the one you think… The golden thread, as imagined by Local Government bods everywhere, is the imaginary reason why people do things at work that connects their everyday activity to some supreme overarching … Continue reading

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This is what your brain looks like on Command & Control

We know it makes you stupid, but if you still think plans, policies and strategies are Good Things, why not spend your day acting according to a document written 6 months ago by a complete stranger? Try it.. You could have … Continue reading

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Meet friction, your abrasive friend.

I was blind, so had to be led to the sink by the man in the gas mask. He held my left hand expertly, not gingerly but with a tightness that told me he was in charge and I could … Continue reading

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A cheap notebook

This notebook could save your bacon Here’s why [link] Daniel Kahneman was asked how we can improve our performance. Kahneman, the author of Thinking: Fast and Slow, replied, almost without hesitation, that you should go down to the local drugstore … Continue reading

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Arse about face

We are coming up with this years Council Plan right now. There are a different amount of groupings, 3 so far, last year there were 5. They might be called themes, last year they were called priorities. Each year we … Continue reading

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Enter Kanban

Now scroll down. All the way down here please. Almost there. 5. 4 3 2 1 About here will do. Now, list as many of those objects as you can. After you’ve done that scroll down. More please. More than … Continue reading

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How to write a plan

There’s loads of guff in the public sector around “having a plan”. Contrary to expectations, planning doesn’t produce plans. No, the need for plans gives birth to planning, like: leadership strategic retreats to nice country hotels managerial away-days in acceptable Travel-Inn conference … Continue reading

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Wake up! It’s Quarter 4 reporting!

The same thing is happening again, so the same blog post is here again. Why bother writing anything else new? This is the enduring feature of organisations that don’t/can’t learn, they not only stay stuck, their stuckness is invisible to … Continue reading

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The strategic deployment of ignorance

True story!

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Wake up! It’s Quarter 3 reporting!!

Weeee! It’s Quarter 3 performance reporting! This time of year nobody works harder in a Local Authority than a Policy Officer. Not gritter drivers, not the bin men driving through icy streets. Not nobody. Once every three months I get … Continue reading

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What you can’t do and what you can

What you can’t do: deliver efficiencies create a consensus achieve an outcome build a team secure funds drive improvement motivate staff realise savings fulfil requirements lead a team align priorities meet objectives What you can do: do things find out about … Continue reading

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Prince laid bare

Everybody loves Prince. The diminutive thex thimble, with his cheeky pencil moustache and cheeks hanging out of a pair of leather chaps, who wouldn’t? And everybody loves PRINCE too. The flabby paper factory, with its deliverables hanging out of a … Continue reading

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Saving the world through typing

As you read this lots of keen, dedicated young men and women are improving the world through typing. They think it will. If they didn’t, typing as a job would be silly wouldn’t it? The job of “typist” disappeared along … Continue reading

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