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
Date: 27th October 2017
Significant Experience: First time delivering training via Skype, first time delivering EndNote training, First time delivering training to strangers in *5* years
What Happened?: Following initial discussions about how we could support a team that was based throughout the Northwest a series of training sessions were requested on different aspects of information skills – the first of which were on EndNote, These were to be delivered group face to face but also with Skype screen sharing. The opportunities to deliver training had significantly reduced in my previous role, and it had been a long time since I had delivered to a group. This coupled with the technology (which played up – but not the Skype bit) the fact it was on software I had only been using for 6 months and for a new organisation with their own standards/approaches.
So What?: My heart hadn’t grown fond of training in the five years I had not be doing it – much like presentations (or talking to people), i always viewed it as a necessary evil of the role, so wasn’t looking forward to it. But, as with everything, I have learnt that if i present as myself rather than what I think people want (or as a previous manager tried to make me do – as they would) or try to deliver someone else’s training session, I come across as more believable-and it shows. In terms of the newness of the topic, as discussed elsewhere – I had observed an EndNote expert deliver training, taken the key messages they pushed and morphed them into a message delivered in my voice which was both expert and authentic. Also I had used Endnote more in my 6 months than everyone else in room in total – just because of the job!
Now What?: I am going to take the confidence gained in the delivery of these sessions (and the positive feedback) to form the basis of future training delivery to ensure high quality, authentic training that will increase the users skills and understanding of effective information skills.
When & Where?: Manchester & Liverpool, 17th & 18th October 2017
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: 18th May 2017
May 2017 PKSB Full Report.
Significant Experience: I produced my Professional Skills and Knowledge Base (PKSB) for my new role
What Happened?: After the first week or so in my new role, I realised that the PKSB I had produced in March 2017 was not fit for purpose, and for both my new role and for Fellowship, the most sensible approach would be to re-do my PKSB as this would also provide a baseline for my new management team
So What?: I found this a really useful exercise, as in only 2 months, that had been a significant change in my professional development needs. Reflecting back on my March 2017 version, it included areas that were not relevant to the role, but had been previously and in which I was not confident. This new one is purely about me as a professional in 2017 and is about developing me, not an idolized version (March 2016 version) or what righting past wrongs (March 2017 version). I also feel that I will have more support beyond ‘time’ to develop professionally.
Now What?: I shall use this document to form the basis of my professional development in the upcoming months, to help me become better in my role and more effectively support my end users.
When & Where?: Home, May 2017
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: 18th May 2017
Significant Experience: Creating and undertaking
What Happened?: I have summarized the activity here
So What?: I found this to be very interesting and challenging piece of work to produce. It was nice to effectively transfer the skills I had developed producing the Knowledge for Healthcare Development Needs Analysis into a Public Health setting. I produced a good quality piece of work that I am proud of. However, despite it being undertaken successfully, the project itself was never fully realized within Public Health as after a change in the power structure within the team, appetite for it quickly died as new senior management already had development needs in place.
There were also issues during the creation with staff input, as with being an internal project, there was a lot of preconceived ideas and internal politics that impacted the quality of the project.
Now What?: Now, when next working on such a wide piece of work I shall ensure that I have complete senior management buy-in to assure that I do not end up wasting several months of work due to power issues between members of staff within senior positions and to avoid professional disappointment.
When & Where?: Office Based – September 16 – March 17
Date: 25th April 2017
Significant Experience: The 3rd meet up on the fellowship working group the #fellowship 5 (aka rising stars)
What Happened?: Not going to discuss action learning set but following that update and new goal setting in a roundtable discussion, then a focus on a couple of individuals CV’s
So What?: This approach is really working for me. It gives me clarity in a time that my brain is scrambled trying to get everything done before I change roles. The group is well-rounded and different enough to offer a variety of perspectives and experiences that enhance all aspects of discussion from concepts of good and evil to commuting options to myers-briggs in the Star Wars Universe! But the aspect I would like to highlight is the roundtable feedback on previous goals and setting of new ones. I think this aspect of the session blossomed today, becoming a min-hot bed of fellowship innovation and best practice. I have picked up lots of different tips and approaches on what has worked (and what hasn’t) and why people have approached a problem in a certain way or the order they have been tackled. I have so many thoughts and opportunities that I want to tackle all at the same time!
Now What?: I have decided on a start point for my ‘fellowship journey’ – March 11th 2016 – Day 1 of KfH Leadership Programme, potentially finishing 6 months into my role. This is not a complete journey but the start of this new chapter in my life. I have 4 main goals for the next meet-up (Group themes from PKSB,find & upload previous PKSB, Annotate previous JD, Update CV). When I complete these I shall have a solid framework for my Fellowship portfolio.
When & Where?: Manchester, 25th April 2017