Archive for April, 2014

Business Plan 2014-2017

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

I am hoping that by now you will have had a chance to read Staffordshire County Council’s Business Plan. As a document it lays out how we intend to transform how we operate so that we can better meet the changing needs of our residents. The business plan complements the strategic plan and outlines in detail seven key areas on which we will focus, to make the biggest impact on our residents’ lives, these are:

  • Great place
  • Living well
  • Resilient communities
  • Best start
  • Ready for life
  • Right for business
  • Enjoying life

The business plan therefore is incredibly important to the work each and every one of us does. Everything we do should be aligned to the plan – and if it isn’t, you are right to challenge why we’re doing it at all.

So if you haven’t the chance yet to take a look yourself then please take the time to read the business plan on the intranet now. I know that we are all often pressed for time, so there is also a single page summary on the intranet that concisely shows how our vision, values, behaviours, outcomes and commissioning priorities all fit together.

This year is the year where our ambition for creating a Connected Staffordshire to improve outcomes for everyone in the County will become an even closer reality. It will not always be easy but together we can help improve the lives of all of our 850,000 residents.

My Performance Conversation

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Being a Chief Executive is job full of variety, although appearing in a video probably isn’t one of the most obvious responsibilities. As part of the rollout of My Performance Conversation I filmed a short segment for briefing sessions being held throughout this month for managers. Having to communicate exactly what it is, what it involves and why it is important in a few short minutes was a great exercise underlining how the framework of these conversations is vital to demonstrate to everyone how we all fit into the wider picture of what we do for Staffordshire.

I know that having clarity over our direction and purpose is important to you all. For each and everyone one of us, My Performance Conversation should ensure that we are all doing our best and working towards making a difference to local people to support them to feel safe, live independently, and to be able to find a good job, be healthy and happy.

The first briefing sessions for managers have now started and so far feedback has been positive. Managers have come away having a good sense of how these conversations will help ensure that everyone across the organisation will have the support they need to develop their skills and that critically this aligns with the council’s own Strategic and Business Plans.

The contribution you make to improving life for local people is invaluable and through the My Performance Conversations framework, your talents will be supported and developed to improve the lives of local people.

I want to thank everyone who has helped to deliver My Performance Conversation so far and now it’s over to all of you to get talking.