Learning Log 44: Bitchin’ Elevator Pitchin’

Date: 23rd December

Number: 44

Significant Experience: The art of the elevator pitch, or how to speak convincingly Webinar

What Happened?:I caught up with the December activity for the Knowledge for Healthcare Leadership Development Programme which was a webinar, hosted by Suzanne Wheatley – Sue Hill Recruitment, on the art of elevator pitches.

So What?:  This was really very useful look at a topic/skill I am naturally not very good – effective introductions and selling myself generally. I particularly liked how it was focused on both verbal and non-verbal communication.

Now What?: I am going to start developing my elevator pitches both for my current role, but I am hopeful for an interview for a role I would like in the New Year having that, and how I sell myself in that as a focal point. This will not only help me develop my elevator pitch skills but also my confidence in communicating why I worth people’s time.

When & Where?: Office 23rd December 2016


Learning Log 31: Knowledge for Healthcare Leadership Programme – Change Management Workshop

Date: 27th September 2016

Number: 31

Significant Experience: The 3rd Knowledge for Healthcare Workshop hosted by Jo Alcock

What Happened?: It was a very interesting session that had a focus on change management in the afternoon, with a vairty of topics covered in the morning including a leadership discussion,overview of course (and upcoming activity), and Sue Lacy Bryant discussing her leadership/career journey.

So What?: The most important of the the morning topics was the ‘leadership journey’ of Sue Lacey Bryant, which I found very interesting – not only the journey through primary care into primary care leadership, but also the concept of a succesful ‘Portfolio Career’. This concept seems very appealing to me, though I’m not sure I am brave enough to try it just yet, the message of ‘magic happening’ outside of your comfort zone is one I have began to embrace over the past few months, and is one of the reasons I am on the KfH Leadership course! Whilst the concept of change management is not new to me, The NHS Change Model and its 8 interlinking components was. In the activity around these, the importance of a wellrounded approach to these differing (but linked) components really spoke to me.

Now What?: Mixing both what I learned from the change management disucssion and what Sue discussed in her leadership, I am going to use the PKSB for Health to develop my own personal platform to help guide myself to the next stage of my career as I feel I have begun to professionally stagnate somewhat.

When & Where?: Manchester, 14th September 2016

Learning Log 22 – Co-Hosting the Leadership UKMedlibs Chat

Date: 17th August 2016

Number: 22

Significant Experience: Co-hosting the monthly #ukmedlibs chat, this time on leadership within health libraries and the Knowledge for Healthcare Leadership Programmee

What Happened?: The full transcript can be found here: http://embed.symplur.com/twitter/transcript?hashtag=ukmedlibs&fdate=08-16-2016&shour=12&smin=00&tdate=08-16-2016&thour=13&tmin=15

So What?: This was a very useful experience discussing leadership within health libraries with my peers. It was helpful to hear the differences of people approach and opinion to leadership challenges and how a persons personal expereinces can influence their own view of an accepted topic. There was also good discussion on the concept of authentic leadership.

Now What?: From this learning I shall now make a concerted effort to fully develop my ‘authentic leader’ as this learning has clarified that this approach is best for me.

When & Where?: Online – 16th August 2016

Learning Log 23 – Knowledge for Healthcare Webinar: People Management

Date: 25th July 2016

Number: 38

Significant Experience: Webinar as part of Knowledge for Healthcare Leadership programme

What Happened?: It was a webinar (hosted by Jo Alcock) that examined people management using 3 practical examples – managing people, managing change and managing volunteers. The 3 speakers (Victoria, Nimah & Imrana) were all very engaging and provided there practical experiences of the particular topic.

So What?: This webinar was very useful as it showed these different people approaching these different problems and how these were overcome/dealt with – what soft approaches were used. It showed that beyond the standard approcahes you can use your personality – your authentic leadership skills – in different management situations

Now What?: This learning has resolved me to refocus my attention on developing my authentic leadership style by finishing off ‘Why Should anyone be lead by you?’ book and starting North Handbook on developing authenticty within leadership

When & Where?: Online – 25th July 2016

Learning Log 13 – Knowledge for Healthcare Leadership Course 3: Communication

Date: 8th June 2016

Number: 13

Significant Experience: Session 3 of Knowledge for Healthcare Leadership Course – all about communication

What Happened?: There was a multitude of activities that focused on leadership and communication – specifically of interest how our communication style affects our communication as leaders and how to communicate with others.

So What?: Not all of the course stuck with me, parts of it seemed Myers-Brigg ‘lite’ but I could fully comprehend the theory and intent behind it. Overall it was a very useful session that left me with a lot to think about.

Now What?: Focusing particularly on how I communicate with others, I have taken this learning and adpated how I communicate with my senior managment so that I get my message across much more effectively. This has already enabled me to show my effectiveness to the department by getting an ambitious piece of work approved, that would not have been approved previously.

When & Where?: Bristol – 1st June 2016

Learning Log 1 – Knowledge for Healthcare Leadership Programme launch session

Date: 24th April 2016

Number: 16

Significant Experience: Attended the lauch of the NHS Knowledge for Healthcare Leadership Programme

What Happened?: It was a day long introduction to the leadership programme, including an overview of topics to be covered, an introduction to some basic concepts of leadership, leadership paths for ‘NHS Library Leaders’ and the start of our group work. The main thing that jumped out to me was the concept of ‘Authentic Leadership’ so I am going to investiagte this concept further.

So What?: This session helped me develop an understanding of what the course offers, and what is expected of me.  I am aware of the challenges that this course may take both professionally (in terms of workload, getting time off etc) and personally (working in different ways, being put in challenging sitauations, working in a group enviornment I may not control etc) but that is one of the main reasons I am undertaking the course to challenge myself as a leader and as a professional.

Now What?: Moving forward from this I shall focus on the course and contribute both to my own and my fellow programme buddies development. This shall enable me to become a better leader within my organisation and by becoming more effective in how I operate.

When & Where?: London (HEE) 11th March 2016