Significant Experience: The 5th meeting of the Fellowship Group
What Happened?: Normally the whole thing discussion is private but considering I was the presenter in the Action Learning Set I’m allowed to say! The problem was my inability to pick up/continue an ongoing piece of work after I have stopped working on it. The main discussion points were around organisational issues (expected) and professional confidence (*very* unexpected)
So What?: This was really very useful as it brought forward issues about my professional confidence/trust in my abilities that I had not consciously considered before. It also led to my thinking more about the value I place on my time.
Now What?: I am going to produce some ‘golden rules‘ to how I approach non-1 sitting finish work and examine strategies to breaking down these non-small works into more finish-able chunks. By doing this it shall improve my belief in my own work, which shall improve my effectiveness for my organisation both in quality and my honest time spent on projects.
When & Where?: 10th August 2017, Manchester
Significant Experience: The 6th meet-up of the fellowship group. The meeting on 15th September was cancelled.
What Happened?: Although conversation will remain private, this session followed a different path as we were 2 members short (although their height is inconsequential) so led by SH, we had a round-table looking at our progress (me: non), reasons (me: many) and future actions (me: last times + catch up on reflections) – we then morphed into a ‘shut up & write session’. As ever it was a relaxed and welcoming session with plenty of LOL’s and pastries…
So What?: This was perhaps the most important meeting for me since the initial meeting as I had lost my way badly with all things fellowship, and I worry that if this meeting hadn’t happened I may have just gone full ‘fuck it’ mode. It is a good group where we can share and work through worries and issues that directly and in-directly effect our fellowship approach.
Now What?: I am re-energized in all things #fellowshipfive going to complete my actions from last time – including my ‘golden rules’ to stop me restarting work. To counter-act the lulls that seem to happen during the extended breaks we are going to try an informal ‘this week I did’/next week I shall’ approach on the whats-app group…breaking it down into small chunks 🙂
When & Where?: Joule, Manchester, 24th October 2017
Date: 24th July 2017
Significant Experience: It was the 4th meeting of the #fellowshipfive . The meeting on 23/5 was cancelled for obvious reasons
What Happened?: This was a different approach to ALS and of the meeting generally but that’s not my story to tell! Though it was interesting conversations for everyone – with a theme of disorganisation being prominent!
So What?: These are really interesting chats with similar issues facing different members of the group is heartening! It feels simailr to when I started my role after exclsuivley being a solo-librarian to have peers to bounce ideas of is great!
Now What?: I am going to try and find a dedicated workspace in the house and I am going to try and do ‘shut up and write sessions’ in the office once a week to increase professional development productivity.
When & Where?: 17th July 2017, Manchester.
Date: 112th April 2017
Significant Experience: I produced my second CILIP Professional Knowledge & Skills Base (PKSB) to support my professional development review (PDR) within my host organisation with my line manager
What Happened?:To support my first PDR/appraisal in 3 years, I thought it would be useful to re-do CILIP’s PKSB that I had first done in March 2016 prior to starting the Knowledge for Healthcare Leadership Programme. Unfortunately, the professional development ‘offer’ had been pre-decided on perceived need at a departmental level, so my effort was, for this intention, was wasted.
So What?: Despite the lack of interest in my stated professional aims, I found the process of updating the PKSB to be very useful when framing what I believe to be my professional needs in terms of development. It was also very useful to compare it to March 2016 PKSB in which I had over 80 development needs!
Now What?: Moving forward I shall use the PKSB to identify development opportunities that I believe will benefit me professionally and enable me to provide the best service for my users enabling better decision making within public health commissioning.
When & Where: 12th -18th March 2017,
March 2017 PKSB Full Report.
Date: 3rd April 2017
Significant Experience: Creating the bi-annual Development Needs Analysis as part of the KfH Leadership Programme
What Happened?: As part of the KfH Leadership Programme, myself and 5 other participants were tasked with the development of the bi-annual Training/Development Needs Analysis for Health Education England. I really enjoyed this as I have done needs analysis work and survey development work before.
So What?: This was a 10 month project where 80% of the work was in the last 2 months! It wasn’t a perfect project – there were issues both from external of the group (lack of direction/leadership and a lack of an expected level of interference) and some internal conflict. Perhaps pertaining to my current work situation the external failures and issues were less of a stressful compared to internal problems – lack of cooperation, mutual stubbornness, set ways of working and fear of finishing were just some issues we had. Reflecting on my role in that – I didn’t I always deal with these situations effectively – reverting back to my solo working approach or dealing with conflict incorrectly. Thankfully they were not dominant and for a project team based across the whole of England with lots of ongoing issues we were very well. We took an approach where everyone got an equal amount of time leading the project so I feel this helped quell any dominance over the group dynamic. Overall it was a good group to be in (both for this and the ALS) and a good project to be involved in.
Now What?: The report (that I haven’t written yet) shall inform the development activity at a regional and national level. It is important that I take my high profile work here and keep working at that level. I have been invited to join the Continued Professional Development Task and Finish Group for the KfH Workforce Development Group. In terms of the skills I have developed as working within a team, it will be hard to implement locally as I am a solo-worker (in terms of library) but when working on wider-collaborative projects such as in LIHNN or even the #fellowshipfive I will try to approach conflict situations in a less confrontational manner.
I should also produce a document on how I laid out the results as well!
When & Where?: 2016-2017, Various
Date: 29th March
Significant Experience: The second meet-up of the #Fellowshipfive with the first action learning sets involved and future actions set.
What Happened?:It was the second meet-up of the #fellowship (Jo, Julie, Sarah, Tracey, and I) facilitated by Yvette. Day is standard – reporting back on how we have gotten on with our actions, our ALS pitches and how we are feeling in regards to fellowship progression and life is generally! Then onto Action-Learning Sets (of which participant roles and discussion shall forever remain confidential) which took on quite traditional format and were effective. The morning session was wrapped up with individual led goal setting. In the afternoon was then a ‘shut up and write session’ – which I did not attend.
So What?: The effectiveness of these go beyond the intended fellowship development scope. It roots me in a ‘library world’ that I am away from in my role and as well as bringing a co-operative/competitive edge to the process of fellowship that spurs me on – the ALS help reflect a light back on myself at issues – even if I am not a presenter – I may face currently or have faced in the past (and how they were resolved), and allow me to feel connected to the ‘library-hive-mind’ that I may on occasion feel distant from professionally. Action Learning has helped me develop as the person within the professional exceptionally over the last twelve months which has allowed me to more honestly reflect on issues I am facing – meaning better solutions and improved emotional health.
Now What?: There are no direct reflections to take from this beyond I am committed to this process and am very lucky to be with such an excellent group. By the next meeting on April 25th I shall have completed my first draft of my CV.
When & Where: 29th March 2017,
Date: 29th March
Significant Experience: The first meet up of #fellowshipfive
What Happened?: This was the first real step of my Fellowship journey. Drunken conversations, half promises etc. have been put aside and I have joined a colloborative group to help us all complete Fellowship. Other members are Tracey Pratchett (other half of drunken conversation), Julie Griffths, Jo Alcock, and Sarah Hennessy. The group is being mentored/facilitated by Yvette Jeal. The day was about introductions, the agreed approach – an action learning focus with ‘shut up and write sessions’ where we are up to in the process/timescales, what we can expect from each other, our reasons and drive to fellow, etc. Also loads of running chat!
So What?: This is a really important step. On good days, I believe I am at fellowship level and this approach will help me focus on less good days! I am very excited to be part of this and enable the other members to develop whist developing myself.
Now What?: next meeting – 29th March 2017.
When & Where?: John Ryland Library, Manchester, 1st March 2017