As associate director for learning and development at Portsmouth PCT, Anne believes everyone has potential to grow, whatever stage they are at in their career.
Blog Posts (35)
The challenge of reducing spend continues and managers are looking ever more creatively at how to reduce the bottom line. I think I may have found a solution!
What is leadership all about, and how can you learn to be a better leader. Do you need to go on a course, read a book, or what?
What are people doing to support staff who will be working in clusters? What are the "must do" activities, and how can clusters share best practice?
Exploring the value of self coaching and whether it is a substitute for one to one coaching, and the support of a coaching style of management
How many of us have thought, at some time, I'll really feel happy when (I've got the promotion, bought the new car, been on a world cruise...or whatever) and see happiness as something over the horizon - when what we already have is something to celebrate?
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Comment on: Self Coaching - is it possible?
The link between MBTI type and the ability to self coach objectively has been raised. The suggestion is that strong F's and SFJs particularly, have less ability to objectively examine their behaviour and change it. Do others agree?
Comment on: No time to be reining in training
Music to my ears. The link between appraisal and staff development, and absenteeism and turnover is clear: staff who feel valued and supported will go the extra mile, and the organisation benefits from the home grown talent. It is, truly, win-win. Support from the Exec. team is essential: my experience is that the barrier is less about the money, and more about ring fenced time for development - and convincing first line managers that their staff should be allowed "off line" time for training is the big win.
Yes! I agree with all that you say. We have at our disposal a wealth of resources, including MBTI, LQF 360 feedback and coaching. Coaching can be a mirror to help you see the "blindingly obvious" and things that are more obscure. If you have access to these resources, take full advantage to make the best of the opportunities that will emerge over the next year or so.
Comment on: Self-funding leadership development
This is a breath of fresh air - evaluation of leadership development is thin on the ground and although the experience may be positive and energising, it is difficult to measure the benefits achieved in real terms. It is a model we have applied in developing a Masters programme with Portsmouth University, where participants use a service improvement project as part of the programme.
Comment on: How well do you listen?
A Native American proverb sums it up nicely: "Listen, or your tongue will make you deaf" or as coaching defines it: listening to understand.