What Will My Successor be doing on Thursdays and Fridays?

A Lighthearted but potentially serious question


This post is based on an editorial piece I wrote for the Q4 2019 Institute of Water Journal which was focused on leadership and management


Would you like your managers to be looking for work to do, rather than struggling to meet objectives? And having time to develop their teams, improving their productivity? Surely not possible…

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Building a team of many talents

In the summer of 2017 I was offered a three month contract as Interim Water Quality Monitoring Manager with Southern Water to help implement a new Compliance and Resilience directorate.

Writes Bob Windmill

Eight months later (yeah, I know) I had led the creation of an entirely new team of six monitoring scientists and a principal, fitting this into a new department made up of existing teams.

Not an everyday situation……

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Key Future Skills for the water idustry


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This post is based on an editorial piece I wrote for the Q1 2016 Institute of Water Journal which was focused on current and future skills issues


I think that the two most important future skills for the water industry are Measuring the Future and Non-Traditional Recruitment. Surprised? You shouldn’t be.

It is tempting to think of future skills in terms of roles and numbers in years ahead, but I believe this approach is doomed to fail. Our world is simply too complex for any one approach to succeed. In this article I explain why.

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A trip down memory lane

The post below is about me racing motorcycles and some of my successes on my FZ750.

Calling it one of “My Publications” may be stretching things just a bit, but I don’t care because:

  • Doing it brought back happy memories of beating full 1100cc Superbikes on my little 750
  • It was chosen for publication by the editor
  • It’s my blog and I can write what I want……

If you are interested it was published in the February edition of Practical Sportsbikes, published by Bauer Consumer Media ltd in the UK

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Skills: a perfect storm?


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This post is based on an editorial piece I wrote for the Q4 2015 Institute of Water Journal which was focused on current and future skills issues


Weathering the storm?

As storms go this is a quiet one, but it has the potential to be as troublesome as any typhoon or hurricane. At its epicentre is skills and the issue is that simply throwing money at this problem is unlikely to work.

For money-throwing to work there have to be enough people to throw the money at, and they have to want to pick it up. The evidence suggests that neither of these will happen.

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SPOC: Students Planning Their Own Careers (Full Article)


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This post is based on a paper I presented at INTED2013 (7th International Technology, Education and Development Conference)


Introduction

In our ever more complex world, as illustrated by the video “Shift Happens“, the idea of careers being planned in some linear manner is increasingly untenable.

However individuals still need a way of identifying the skills that will underpin their future personal and professional development.

The challenge is this: how do they decide the skills they will need in the short, medium and long term.

Why careers guidance doesn’t work

In this environment it can be difficult to know what the end of next week will look like, so understanding the skills requirements of the world of work in 10 years’ time would appear to be an impossible task.

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SPOC: Students Planning Their Own Careers (Abstract)


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This post is based on a paper I presented at INTED2013 (7th International Technology, Education and Development Conference)


Abstract

In our ever more complex world, as illustrated by the video “Shift Happens“, the idea of careers being planned in some linear manner is increasingly untenable. However individuals still need a way of identifying the skills that will underpin their future professional and personal development. The challenge is this: how do they decide the skills they will need in the short, medium and long term.

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Emotional Intelligence: the missing link to superior business performance

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This post is based on my article article that was first published in the Engineering UK 2010 Annual Report.

At that time I was Head of Research and Performance at Energy and Utility Skills, the Sector Skills Council for the utility sector.

The original article can be downloaded here


Introduction

Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence

In our work and home lives we have all had experience of ‘goto’ people.

Often not the best qualified individuals available, these are the high performers who we turn to when challenging or non-standard tasks need to be delivered. 

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Skills Shortages In The Electricity Industry

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This post is based on my article article that was first published in the Engineering UK 2009 Annual Report.

At that time I was Head of Research and Performance at Energy and Utility Skills, the Sector Skills Council for the utility sector.

The original article can  be downloaded here.


UK Utility Industry

Electricity Industry

Utilities are often perceived as a Cinderella sector; taken for granted, but essential to the smooth running of the UK economy for enterprise and at home.

The utilities sector in the UK has come something of a full circle.

Originally established as a large number of small, private companies subsequent tranches of legislation allowed, and then required, these to merge in to nationalised utilities.

Now competition legislation is returning the industry to its roots of smaller regional companies.

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