Reaction to last week’s blog, and the introduction of We Talk

I’m very grateful for the responses to last week’s blog entry, where I talked about how we are going to get through the next 6 months successfully.  You might also have seen the video which I did for The Knot on the same subject, following the Prime Minister’s announcements earlier in the week.  It seems that the message that we need to pace ourselves, working hard when we need to and taking leave when we can, looking out for each other and offering support when it is needed, struck a chord with many of you.  I’m going to be attending a number of team meetings, physically and virtually, over the coming weeks to listen to colleagues as well as to get my own feel for how the organisation is doing.  If you would like me to attend your meeting, please let me know. 

This coming week also sees the introduction of We Talk, the replacement for the My Performance Conversation (MPC).  I’ve mentioned it before, and it links strongly to the point above.  We Talk is our new approach to performance development, but it’s more than that, and in many ways, it’s a lot simpler as well.  It’s all about having good and meaningful conversations – conversations that build strong relationships, boost wellbeing and promote a positive working environment to deliver The Staffordshire Vision.  It reflects our values of an ambitious, courageous and empowered organisation.  If you can find a minute or two, there’s some really good material on the intranet, iLearn and iManage to help colleagues get to grips with the approach.  But my biggest ask is that we don’t over-complicate this; honest two-way conversations are what we’re looking for.  It’s as important for leaders to learn what their colleagues want from them, as it is for the led to learn what the leaders want. 

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