Monday, 15 November 2010

Let's do the Business...

I've migrated to Warwickshire (south east of Coventry) for the second residential week of a three week course and this module is about strategic business, linked to the course theme of 'Strategic Leadership.' It's not as grand as it sounds, it's a foundation course. Other brighter, younger things do the full course.

It's at times like this that I realise my inadequacies and age (I'm the oldest on the course) whilst in amongst some incredibly bright cookies from around the UK, most with degrees of one sort or another and most of whom have done some of the techniques already. Ah well, the trick I guess is to get out of my comfort zone, grit my teeth and try to get as much out of it as possible, because believe it or not, it's a very interesting (if not incredibly difficult) subject particularly at this time of tremendous change in the public service.

Today's subjects were: organisational change which included models for change, organisational emotional intelligence and a few exercises to burn the lessons in. Before tea, I am now doing some reflection and analysis which involves completing a 'learning log' with what the most significant learning of the day was and how I can apply the new knowledge to the workplace.

Although it was forecast to be cold last night, imagine my surprise when I walked out of my room this morning to be confronted with a widespread and hard frost which has lingered until well after lunch; and, having disappeared, returned by the time we walked out of our delegate room at 4.30 pm tonight. The picture above was taken at 9 am.

I love the frost, but the shower in the room this morning was only lukewarm which I HATE! which did not prepare me well for the chill. However, most importantly, housekeeping have put new batteries in the television remote control!

I hope you have a great week.

Chat soon



  1. I am sure you will get a lot out of the course - residential courses are so good for firing enthusiasm I think. You are a bit daunted by the bright young things - they are probablyu saying = oh gosh he is much more experienced than we are! Stick with it!

  2. Thanks for the encouragement Weaver, and you are probably right - why didn't I think of that?

  3. "organisational emotional intelligence"

    What? Eh? I think I'd need a course to understand the title! :)

    Spot on Weaver.

  4. Hi Wheelie, it's so convoluted, I can't even begin to explain it other than to say it's a check list of how the organisation thinks, what its attitude is and that explains how it behaves.