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Change stories you wish weren’t true

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  1. Stephen says:

    I was one of a group of people running around trying to find a document for a General Manager that was needed for a Minister who had requestd changes to the document. For some reason the version that had been emailed to the PA wouldn’t open.

    The PA, a programme manager, and two project team people were trying to source the document to send to the Minister’s office. Eventually an operations manager was called to interrupt a project meeting between the project manager and the national operations manager. The project manager was quickly able to identify the location of the required document in the shared directories.

    After probably an hour of effort from five people, it turned out that the Minister required a tick on the front page and the removal of a blank line at the back to get all the signatures onto the same page.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I have just come off a 10 min CEO leadership rallying call to members of the organisation’s talent community. We are closely associated with the 2012 Olympics, hence the theme as we enter 1000 days to go is “enough of looking at the past, now look to the future”.

    So, with that in mind, we are going to:-
    – Be part of a “winning team”
    – People aren’t on their own, they are part of a team
    – We need to do like athletes do and train and strive for better results
    – We need to strive to win
    – We can achieve together
    – We must take personal responsibility and never let a colleague fail
    – We need to accelerate the pace of change

    With that in mind, we are doing “Quarterly sprint” initiatives do be “better” and “quicker”.

    Whilst I feel slightly bemused by what my expected response to this should be (no doubt my colleagues and I will make our own sense over the next few days!) I must admit I began to wonder what was going through the leadership team’s mind when they came up with such an initiative. I believe the aspiration is geniune, to motivate and thus a positive morale building metaphor has been chosen. Unfortunately I can’t make any sense of it other than think “ah bless, he is trying” and we carry on as normal.


  3. admin says:

    One Monday we arrived at work and there were posters all over the walls outlining the new vision statement and values for the organisation. It was meant to be a motivational surprise. It turned out there were typos on the posters and they all had to be replaced, gradually, over the next few days.

  4. Anonymous says:

    One organisation I worked with produced an 86 page brochure in full colour on saving the environment!

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