“The Next Chapter…”
As an overall Leaders in GM programme, we acknowledge that “The Next Chapter…” is a period of transition. As the 2018/19 programme draws to a close, we continue to offer a range of development activities, we complete the overall evaluation activity to capture and build on the programme successes to date and determine how the future Leaders in GM offer should develop and evolve, while continuing to align with the Greater Manchester system and local communities.
It’s time to take stock as we enter a new chapter.
Leadership and workforce development have been recognised for some time across Greater Manchester partners as a key enabler of the reform of public services. Over recent months there has also been greater recognition that cultural transformation is essential across the system in delivering reform.
So, our focus over the next six months is to ensure the smooth transition from the current Leaders in GM programme offer to the proposed future approach to the Greater Manchester workforce, leadership and cultural development; along with enabling the right cultural conditions for integrated working and transforming public services across the region.
For those who know me well, will know that in my organisational development practice I am passionate about the need to “work on the system” as well as “in the system” to bring about transformational change. This is our time to take Leaders in GM to the next level to ensure that we truly support leaders in Greater Manchester to work both on and in the system.
My practice supervisor recently shared a useful metaphor with me about fish swimming in water, which illustrates this point well and the process of how the self and system influence each other. Our Leaders in GM lens so far has been more focused on attention to the fish e.g. how can we help them be more strengths-based, more resilient, more collaborative, citizen led?
In “The Next Chapter…” we have an opportunity to take a more systemic lens, where we notice the water more i.e. how deep it is, how clean, how warm, how strong the currents are, how high the waves are, how conducive it is to collaborative working. If we include both perspectives, we can we see the impact each person has on the environment they work within or vice versa, and intervene differently to truly reform public services: “When the fish are polluting the water, then the water pollutes the fish”. *
The Greater Manchester Model of Public Services White Paper, due to be published in Spring 2019, articulates our ambition for the reform of public services. It provides a timely opportunity to review how Leaders in GM can further contribute to achieving our ambitions across Greater Manchester.