Posts Tagged ‘online learning’

iManage and leadership energies

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

I thought I might cover something other than Covid this week.  I was fortunate to meet virtually with a group of colleagues on the first workshop of the iManage programme.  You might recall that we agreed at an SLT and WLT session that each member would sponsor a group, and more importantly, take an active role in each of the activities.  I have to say that it was a welcome opportunity to listen to colleagues, discover a new approach to management, and do a little introspection.

Dave Tomkinson of AndPartnership introduced us to the concept of the four energies of leadership: physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual.  In essence, these are qualities that we all possess in some quantity, and the proportions that we use dictate how we lead and interact with our peers.  The core of his teaching is that, although we have a natural level of these in each of us, we can dial them up and down to suit the situation, within the limits of our approach being credible and genuine.  It got me thinking about how my own approach had evolved over the years, in response to changing environments, the amassing of experience and the evolution of attitudes in society.  For example, a General pointed out to me about 15 years ago that my almost forensic, intellectual approach at that time could be intimidating to those working with me, so I consciously dialled it down. I also dialled down the physical energy and dialled up the emotional energy when I arrived in Staffordshire County Council, as I realised that I was working in a different environment, which needed a different approach. I find it interesting that the Armed Forces have, in the interim, done the same thing in response to the changes in society, with the Sergeant Major of the Armed Forces, Glenn Houghton, speaking openly about mental health; that simply would not have happened a decade ago, but it is very welcome.

The iManage sessions are a real opportunity for all of our managers, and I would really recommend that you make best use of them.  I’d welcome any reflections that you have had as a result of Dave’s sessions and the conversations that follow.

iLearn, and making our workplace Covid safe

Monday, June 15th, 2020

We have launched our new digital learning library. iLearn offers bite-sized content on topics including leadership and strategy, managing people and teams, and personal skills.  It has been designed to enhance our colleague learning offer and allow people to take their development into their own hands.  Having spent a little time on it, it’s much more intuitive than the GO platform, which is welcome. At the moment the content is generic and can support all areas of our business– I spent a few minutes looking at the smart working section, and learned a few things.  I have to say it is very good and well-presented.

Platforms like this rely on our active engagement and our responsibility to drive our own learning.

On the recent Business Brief, there was a very good question about whether Continuous Professional Development (CPD) was on the platform.  What you will find is a number of resources to help you develop your own personal development plan and ‘playlists’ or learning journeys to help develop specific skills such as ‘project management’.   Within the next 12 months we are looking to replace GO entirely with a new ‘Learning Experience Platform’ (LXP) which will support the development of our own content to support continuous professional development within all our job roles.

I’m getting used to one staircase for up and another for down in Staffordshire Place 1, but still catching myself out if I’m concentrating on other things.  As well await the ruling on social distancing, we are following the guidance of 2m as you would expect, and at the moment, there is no problem with capacity in our buildings.  Thanks to your efforts, and the amazing achievements of the ICT staff in not only maintaining and protecting our network, but in building its capacity, the vast majority of us as working from home, and overcoming the challenges.  Meanwhile, the Lifting Lockdown working group is continuing to ensure our workplaces and practices are in line with Government guidance, for those who cannot work from home. Today, we are releasing a safe workplace video to give colleagues an idea of what we have implemented and how we are progressing.  It’s worth a brief watch if you haven’t already.