Wednesday, May 20, 2009


I met with my new team on Monday. They are a lively and opinionated bunch! We are definitely in the rather run down accommodation, but they took the news really well and we went over to look at it that afternoon and said where we wanted our office to be and hopefully they will sort it out for us. They have less than two weeks to find us desks and computers and cupboards and absolutely everything that you need to have the basics of an office. They are really enthusiastic about the task ahead though and we went through the work they were going to be doing from 1 June and I gave them a proposed workload each and they went off and started on it when they went back to the office that afternoon. I had to send an e-mail to their current managers to apologise for cutting across their role. Hopefully not too many feathers were ruffled.

Yesterday I was at a conference which was for various people in my directorate. It was ok, as conferences go. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I wasn’t leaving, but it didn’t particularly inspire me. At the end of the day, the directors where I work were answering questions people had submitted throughout the day. One of the directors was handed a question by his boss to answer. It was about a really good example of leadership that he had seen. I don’t know how long he has worked for the organisation, but I would say it has been several years. He also has a lot of staff who work for him now. Who does he give as his example of great leadership? That’s right, his boss. The very person who gave him the question to answer and was sitting almost next to him. Pathetic.



Lively and opinionated - that be a good trait to have methinks. Keep you on your toes ;-) Are you investigating MP's expenses? TFx

Random Reflections said...

TF - At the moment investigating MPs expenses sounds easy compared to the task of being able to start this new job!

jumpinginpuddles said...

lol now thats a suck up if we have ever heard one

Random Reflections said...

jip - I don't think his boss will have been too impressed though. Hopefully instead he got told what a rubbish answer it was!

Kahless said...

Yes! Well done TF; you have it sussed!!

And yes, your boss is rubbish but probably behaved how Average Joe would have done.

My boss insists I get 360degree feedback, but never asks for any feedback himself. That annoys me!

Random Reflections said...

Kahless - fortunately he is not my boss, but I was talking to someone afterwards who does work for him, who was so annoyed at his answer.

When you're manager you get to tell people to do e.g get lots of feedback but don't have to follow your own advice. That's how to inspire people!